San Diego — In the early evening on December 24, Border Patrol agents operating the Interstate 8 Checkpoint arrested a male United States citizen for illegal possession and intent to distribute approximately three pounds of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine were also found in the man’s vehicle.
Later that evening, while in a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station, the man became incoherent and unresponsive. Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians performed CPR on the man while waiting on advanced medical personnel to arrive. Just after midnight paramedics took over lifesaving efforts but were unable to revive the man.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death. DHS Office of Investigator General (OIG) is also investigating the incident. Customs and Border Protection's San Diego Sector Border Patrol is cooperating fully with these investigators to ensure a neutral third party reviews all evidence and information surrounding this unfortunate death.
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.