PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a narcotics smuggling attempt Saturday evening at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley.
At approximately 6:30 pm, agents encountered a 41-year-old male Mexican national in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee at the checkpoint. Agents referred the man for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 25 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside a back seat cushion. The narcotics weighed 28.22 pounds and had an estimated street value of $564,400.
The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The subject was arrested and transferred to the San Diego Metropolitan Correction Center. 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 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.