SAN DIEGO, CALIF.—CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego noticed a discernable increase in methamphetamine smuggling attempts this week at Border Patrol checkpoints.
Since Sunday, agents intercepted three methamphetamine smuggling attempts at three checkpoints. The first incident was made on Sunday evening at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente. A 21-year-old male U.S. citizen attempted to smuggle 6.95 pounds of methamphetamine using a fire extinguisher and a battery casing to hide the drugs. A second attempt was made on Monday afternoon on State Route 94 near Jamul. The driver of the vehicle was a 49-year-old male U.S. citizen who attempted to smuggle 25.83 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the rocker panels of his vehicle. The third incident occurred Tuesday on I-5 when a 47-year-old male Mexican national attempted to smuggle 10.91 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the seats of his SUV.
The three combined methamphetamine seizures this week had an estimated street value of $873,800. The suspected smugglers and narcotics in the first two instances were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The suspected smuggler and narcotics from Tuesday's event were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicles were 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.