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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Confiscate Weapon, Meth, and Marijuana at I-15 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
May 17, 2013

TEMECULA, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 15 checkpoint apprehended four individuals involved in drug smuggling and weapons possession Wednesday morning.

 

The methamphetamine weighed .52 pounds and had an estimated street value of $10,400.

U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 15 checkpoint found methamphetamine hidden inside a GMC Yukon.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., agents encountered a suspicious GMC Yukon at the I-15 checkpoint. The 31-year-old male U.S. citizen driver and his 31-year-old female passenger were questioned and a K-9 inspection resulted in an alert to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine hidden in three locations: in the driver's side door, in a suitcase, and under a towel. The methamphetamine weighed .52 pounds and had an estimated street value of $10,400. The driver and his passenger were remanded to the custody of Murrieta agents for processing and prosecution.

 

 

A search of a woman's purse revealed  trace amounts of marijuana and a Beretta .32-caliber handgun loaded with seven rounds.

Border Patrol agents at the I-15 checkpoint encountered a 2001 Nissan Sentra and referred it for a secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to the vehicle.

Later in the morning at approximately 11:45 a.m., agents encountered a 2001 Nissan Sentra at the checkpoint and referred it for a secondary inspection. A nearby K-9 alerted to the vehicle as it approached secondary. Agents questioned the 23-year-old female driver and her male passenger regarding their citizenship. Both subjects indicated they were U.S. citizens. When questioned, the woman admitted she had marijuana inside the vehicle. A search of the woman's purse revealed trace amounts of marijuana and a Beretta .32-caliber handgun loaded with seven rounds. The woman subsequently admitted to carrying false identification and to being a Mexican national illegally present in the United States. The woman is being held in DHS custody pending removal proceedings. The male passenger was later released.

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.

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February 9, 2017