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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Confiscate Cocaine, Methamphetamine And Heroin In Four Incidents On I-5

Release Date: 
August 16, 2012

San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 5 checkpoint intercepted four drug smuggling attempts this week, resulting in the seizure of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin valued at more than $300,000.

On Sunday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-5 intercepted a blue 2006 Nissan Altima with narcotics in a backpack.

On Sunday at about 10:30 a.m., agents assigned to patrol duties along Interstate 5 stopped a 62-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2006 Nissan Altima. Agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle and alerted to the floorboard near the passenger seat. Agents searched and discovered a backpack on the passenger seat containing two packages of cocaine. The cocaine weighed 4.56 pounds and had an estimated street value of $50,160.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, agents assigned to the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint encountered a 28-year-old United States citizen exhibiting suspicious behavior on a bus. A search of the passenger's backpack revealed five vacuum-sealed packages in a canister and two vacuum-sealed packages inside the soles of the passenger's shoes. The seven packages contained 7.05 pounds of methamphetamine and had an estimated street value of $141,000.

On Tuesday evening at around 11:30 p.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 26-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2008 Honda Accord. Agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the driver's door. Agents subsequently located a backpack behind the driver's seat with three bundles of methamphetamine inside. The methamphetamine weighed 2.15 pounds and had an estimated street value of $43,000.

On Tuesday, agents conducting checkpoint activities on I-5 encountered a 28-year-old male on a bus with five vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamine inside a canister.

The fourth event occurred yesterday at approximately 7:30 p.m. Agents at the checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered three bundles of heroin inside the vehicle's battery. The heroin weighed 5.51 pounds and had an estimated street value of $66,120.

The suspected smugglers and narcotics from the four incidents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The three vehicles used in the events were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017