CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize nearly $850K of Illegal Narcotics in Busy Week around Southern California
San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to three San Diego Border Patrol checkpoints foiled four drug smuggling attempts over the last five days resulting in the seizure of $845,590 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.
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On Sunday, July 31, at 10:55 a.m., agents assigned to the I-8 checkpoint in Pine Valley encountered a 32-year-old female United States citizen driving a white 2001 Ford Explorer. She appeared extremely nervous and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection resulting in a positive alert to the rear of the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 27 bundles of methamphetamine and 4 bundles of marijuana. The 31 bundles held 5.1 pounds of meth and 71.65 pounds of marijuana with a total estimated street value of $144,990.
A second drug smuggling attempt was prevented on Monday, August 1, at approximately 3:15 p.m., at the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint in San Clemente. Agents seized 21.83 pounds of cocaine after a Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to a gray 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 21-year-old female United States citizen. Agents searched the vehicle and found six bundles of cocaine hidden in the woman's diaper bag in the back seat. An additional three bundles of cocaine were discovered in the woman's purse. The total estimated street value of the seized narcotics was $218,300.
The suspected smugglers and drugs involved in the I-5 and I-8 seizures were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug taskforce. Both vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
The third seizure took place on Tuesday, August 2, at approximately 9 a.m., when agents assigned to the I-15 Border Patrol checkpoint in Temecula encountered the driver of a white 1993 Mazda minivan. The driver, a 27-year-old male Mexican national, appeared extremely nervous and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the minivan resulting in a positive alert to the undercarriage of the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered six bundles of cocaine inside the spare tire with a total weight of 16.93 pounds and an estimated street value of $169,300.
On Wednesday morning, August 3, agents stopped a 20-year-old female United States citizen and a 37-year-old male Mexican national travelling north on the I-15 near Temecula in a white 1994 Cadillac. A Border Patrol K-9 team was summoned and performed a cursory inspection resulting in a positive alert to the front of the vehicle. Agents transported the vehicle and its occupants to the nearby Border Patrol checkpoint for further inspection. At the checkpoint, agents searched the vehicle and discovered 15.65 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $313,000.
In both incidents, the suspected smugglers and drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. Since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 66,000 pounds of marijuana, 1,729 pounds of cocaine, and 394 pounds of methamphetamine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.