Temecula, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two male Mexican nationals at Interstate 15 near Temecula for attempting to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of cocaine on May 11.
At approximately 10:00 a.m., agents on patrol encountered a suspicious 2000 Mitsubishi Galant traveling north on Interstate 15. Agents stopped the vehicle near the Rainbow Valley Road exit and questioned the 26-year-old driver and his 37-year-old passenger. Agents determined that both occupants were illegally present in the United States.
A U.S. Border Patrol K-9 team was summoned and performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. Upon further inspection, agents discovered 12 cellophane-wrapped bundles under the rear seat containing 29.65 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $296,500.
The suspected smugglers and the illicit drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Mitsubishi Galant 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. To report suspicious activity related to border security, please call (619) 498-9900.
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.