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Customs and Border Protection Agents Intercept Man with Heroin at I-5 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
December 18, 2013

San Clemente, Calif.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a man at the San Clemente, California checkpoint on Interstate 5 for narcotics smuggling yesterday.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 26-year-old Mexican national in a 2004 Nissan Quest.  The subject was referred for a secondary inspection and a K-9 team was summoned, which alerted to the vehicle.  Agents searched and discovered two bundles of heroin hidden inside the right rear-quarter panel.  The narcotics weighed more than four pounds and had an estimated street value of $56,000.

The man was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance.  The man, vehicle, and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, CBP maintains a high level of vigilance on 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.

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February 3, 2021