San Diego - In the past two days, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than $720,000 in illicit narcotics from three separate incidents in San Diego County.
The first seizure took place on Wednesday at about 9 a.m., when agents stopped a 28-year-old female Mexican national, driving a Ford Explorer, near the Interstate 15 checkpoint in Temecula, Calif. Agents became suspicious after questioning the driver and her four female passengers. A U.S. Border Patrol K-9 team called to the scene of the traffic stop produced a positive alert. Further examination led agents to the discovery of seven wrapped packages of cocaine concealed under clothing worn by the four passengers. The total weight of the cocaine was more than 16 pounds and has an estimated street value of $165,000.
The driver, passengers and the narcotics were later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Later, at about 9:10 a.m., Border Patrol agents were tracking footprints through thick brush in Campo, Calif., when they discovered three large backpacks, each filled with two wrapped bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed more than 142 pounds with an estimated street value of $71,400.
Early this morning at around 1:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents stopped a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley, Calif. The driver was directed to secondary inspection for further examination. A K-9 team was summoned to the tractor-trailer to conduct a search on the exterior of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted on the trailer, prompting agents to investigate further. Agents later found 80 bundles of marijuana hidden inside a false compartment in the front of the trailer. The total weight of the marijuana was nearly 1,000 pounds with an estimated street value of $484,800. Agents arrested the driver, a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen, and later turned him over to a multi-agency, anti-drug task force.
So far in the 2010 fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have seized more than 4,100 pounds of marijuana and nearly 560 pounds of cocaine in San Diego Sector.
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.