San Clemente, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-5 checkpoint in San Clemente arrested a 22-year-old male Mexican national for attempting to smuggle nearly 10 pounds of cocaine.
On April 19, agents encountered the man at approximately 5:55 p.m., as he arrived at the checkpoint driving a blue 1992 Acura Legend. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine team was summoned and performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.
Upon further inspection, agents discovered eight bundles of cocaine concealed in the rear door panels of the vehicle totaling 9.92 pounds with an estimated street value of $99,200.
The suspected smuggler and the illicit drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. The Acura Legend was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Yesterday, Border Patrol agents conducted a vehicle stop on a 2004 Dodge Intrepid on the I-5 north near the Tustin Ranch Road exit. During inspection, agents uncovered 38 bundles of marijuana in a compartment behind the rear seat with a total weight of 126.3 pounds and an estimated street value of $75,780.
One male and one female, both 18-year-old U.S. citizens, were taken into custody and transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing. The suspected drug smugglers are being held on drug-related charges. The vehicle was 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.
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.