SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—On Wednesday, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents made two separate arrests after discovering more than $450,000 of methamphetamine hidden inside two vehicles.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents patrolling northbound Interstate 5 initiated a vehicle stop on a 2008 Dodge Caliber north of the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint driven by a 20-year-old man. A Border Patrol K-9 unit conducted a sniff of the vehicle that resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered six clear plastic wrapped packages in the engine compartment. The packages contained 12.15 pounds of methamphetamine.
Several hours later, a 39-year-old man arrived at the San Clemente checkpoint in a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Agents questioned the man who was referred for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 unit alerted to the vehicle. Agents conducted a physical inspection of the vehicle and located 20 packages concealed inside the passenger’s seat and the vehicle’s rocker panels. The packages contained 29.67 pounds of methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine seized from the two incidents has an estimated street value of $418,200. The two men and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year the San Diego Sector seized more than 1,790 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $17 million.
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.