National Guard & Border Patrol Team Up to Uncover Hidden Meth
SAN DIEGO—Last week, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents in San Diego Sector arrested a 31-year-old woman on Interstate 15 for transporting 51 bundles of methamphetamine inside her vehicle. She was turned over to Riverside County law enforcement and now faces narcotic smuggling charges.
The woman’s vehicle was seized and transported to a secure facility. The vehicle underwent a routine secondary search to ensure there was no additional contraband inside the vehicle. As a part of the secondary search, and with the aid of a recently assigned National Guardsman, Border Patrol agents conducted a thorough visual and physical inspection. During the search of the vehicle, a National Guardsman located 11 additional bundles of suspected contraband that was deeply concealed within the door panels of the vehicle. Border Patrol agents took custody of the bundles, it was field tested and was positively validated as methamphetamine.
The bundles added more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine to the seizure, which now totaled over 68 pounds with an estimated value of $206,000. The National Guardsmen are not assigned to do immigration tasks, will not have direct contact with illegal aliens, nor will they carry weapons.
“Although the California National Guardsmen have been on duty for only a couple of weeks, they have quickly fit in and are a great asset in assisting the Border Patrol to protect our communities,” stated San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol 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.