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