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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Intercepts $742,000 in Drugs

Release Date: 
February 22, 2011

San Diego, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents recovered more than 400 pounds of illicit drugs in three separate incidents over the past three days.

Late Sunday afternoon, Border Patrol agents arrested an 18-year-old female U.S. citizen for attempting to smuggle more than five pounds of methamphetamine in Temecula, Calif. Agents conducted a vehicle stop on a red Pontiac near Deer Springs Road. The female driver's nervous demeanor and inconsistent responses led a Border Patrol K-9 team to perform a cursory inspection of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert. Inside the female's purse, agents discovered a total of four bundles of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $116,800.

Early Monday morning, agents arrested a 48-year-old male U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle more than 21 pounds of crystal methamphetamine at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley, Calif. The man's nervous demeanor prompted agents to refer him for secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert to the rear of the vehicle. Agents subsequently removed 18 small packages of crystal methamphetamine from inside the gas tank valued at more than $393,000.

Bundles of marijuana seized in Campo, Calif.

Bundles of marijuana seized in Campo, Calif.

Earlier this morning, Border Patrol agents and California National Guardsmen working near the U.S./Mexico border in Campo, Calif. observed six individuals carrying large duffle bags. Border Patrol agents intercepted the men, later identified as Mexican nationals, and discovered a total of 15 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 387.13 pounds with a street value of over $232,000.

All eight individuals and the illicit drugs were taken into custody and were subsequently turned over to a multi-agency, drug task force.

To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance along the border and also on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017