San Clemente, CA - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a narcotics smuggling attempt Sunday evening at the I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente resulting in the seizure of 6.95 pounds of methamphetamine.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., Border Patrol agents stopped a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee at the San Clemente checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 2.98 pounds of methamphetamine inside of a fire extinguisher located on the rear seat. An additional 3.97 pounds were located inside of a modified battery casing, which contained a motorcycle battery and space for the narcotics. The 6.95 pounds of narcotics had an estimated street value of $139,000.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. 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. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (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.