CAMPO, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the U.S./Mexico International Border arrested four Mexican nationals carrying more than 250 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, March 7.
At approximately 11 a.m., four individuals with backpacks were observed walking north near Campo, Calif. As agents approached, the subjects attempted to flee south into Mexico. Agents pursued on foot and apprehended all four, one of which was attempting to climb over the U.S./Mexico International border fence. Agents retrieved the backpacks and discovered 256.53 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $384,795.
The four male suspects were transported to a local CBP Border Patrol station and determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. The suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force for further investigation.
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.