SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the I-15 and agents at the I-5 checkpoint apprehended two individuals in separate events who were involved in smuggling Monday.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., agents encountered a male Mexican national driver on Interstate 15 exhibiting suspicious behavior. Agents conducted a routine traffic stop and questioned the man. A subsequent inspection by a canine team resulted in an alert to the trunk of the 2000 Mercury Marquis. A search of the trunk revealed $43,000 in undeclared U.S. currency hidden inside a cardboard box that was located beneath a false floor. The 55-year-old man was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle and cash were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Later at around 4:30 p.m., agents encountered a 41-year-old male Mexican national driving a 1995 Nissan truck at the Interstate 5 checkpoint. The driver displayed suspicious behaviors and was referred for a secondary inspection. A cursory inspection by a K-9 resulted in an alert to the driver's door. Agents searched and discovered two black garbage bags filled with bundles of marijuana. The 24 bundles weighed 86.42 pounds and had an estimated street value of $69,136. The man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was 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.