SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint arrested two men in separate events yesterday who were transporting nearly $340,000 in narcotics.
The first incident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. when agents at the San Clemente checkpoint encountered a tour van. One of the passengers on the van displayed a nervous demeanor and was referred for a secondary inspection. During inspection, agents noticed a bulge in the 19-year-old U.S. citizen's clothing and performed an officer safety search. During the search, agents discovered multiple packages of methamphetamine taped to the man's abdomen. The methamphetamine weighed 2.54 pounds and had an estimated street value of $50,800.
The second incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m., when agents at the San Clemente checkpoint stopped the driver of a 2013 Ford Taurus. The 23-year-old Jamaican citizen driver displayed a nervous demeanor and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection, which resulted in an alert to the rear of the vehicle. Agents searched the trunk and discovered four large trash bags containing marijuana. The marijuana weighed 192.78 pounds and had an estimated street value of $289,170.
In both instances, the suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.