San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 32-year-old male Mexican national near San Clemente, Calif. on April 17 for smuggling more than 25 pounds of cocaine in a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., agents on patrol near the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint conducted a vehicle stop on a truck. During the stop, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor. Agents determined the man was illegally present in the U.S. and arrested him.
A Border Patrol canine team was summoned and performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert near the driver's side door.
Agents searched the vehicle and discovered nine cellophane-wrapped bundles containing 25.35 pounds of cocaine concealed in a bag behind the driver's seat with an estimated street value of $253,500.
The suspected drug smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. 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.