San Diego -U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to San Diego area checkpoints and highways thwarted three drug smuggling
attempts this week, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine worth an estimated $1,183,800.
Tuesday at about 12:30 p.m., agents assigned to patrol duties along Interstate 15 stopped a 26-year-old male Mexican national driving a black 2006 Dodge Charger. Agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and requested and received permission to search the vehicle. A subsequent search of the trunk revealed four car batteries containing 16 bundles of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine weighed 49.93 pounds and had an estimated street value of $998,600.
Also around noon Tuesday, agents encountered two 20-year-old male United States citizens parked near the Interstate 5 checkpoint in San Clemente. One driver was in a gold 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer and the second driver was in a green 1997 Honda Civic. Agents became suspicious of the two men's nervous demeanors and requested and received permission to search both vehicles. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicles resulting in an alert to each vehicle. Agents subsequently located a fire extinguisher filled with methamphetamine in the trunk of each car. The methamphetamine seized from both cars weighed 6.17 pounds and had an estimated street value of $123,400.
The third event occurred June 4 shortly after 1 p.m. Agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint encountered a 51-year-old male United States citizen driving a silver 2005 Dodge Magnum. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered two bundles of methamphetamine under the rear seat. The methamphetamine weighed 3.09 pounds and had an estimated street value of $61,800.
The suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles used in the three smuggling attempts 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 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.