TEMECULA, Calif.—In two separate events, Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 intercepted two women Wednesday morning who were smuggling more than $750K in narcotics.
The first incident occurred yesterday at approximately 10:30 a.m. Murrieta agents patrolling I-15 initiated a vehicle stop on a 2010 Ford Expedition driven by a 41-year-old U.S. citizen. A K-9 sniff of the woman’s vehicle resulted in a positive alert and agents searched her SUV. They located 51.36 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a speaker box. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $667,680.
A second incident occurred approximately 15 minutes later at 10:45 a.m. Agents initiated a vehicle stop on a 59-year-old U.S. citizen in a 2005 Ford Expedition. The female driver gave agents permission to search her vehicle and they discovered four bundles of narcotics hidden inside an ice chest.
The bundles contained 1.10 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly one pound of heroin, and 5.09 pounds of cocaine. The drugs have an estimated street value of $11,000 for the methamphetamine, $10,080 for the heroin, and $66,170 for the cocaine.
Both women were arrested and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau and face drug smuggling charges. The two SUVs were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.