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.
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.