SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents at the I-8 checkpoint and agents patrolling I-5 apprehended four individuals involved in drug smuggling and weapons possession during the last six days.
On March 31, agents at the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley referred a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen for a secondary inspection. A K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the driver's 2001 Chrysler sedan and alerted to a seam in the rear passenger seat. A subsequent search of the seat revealed an access panel to the fuel tank, which contained 19 packages of methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed 18.55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $371,000. The subject and narcotics were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
In two other incidents, agents confiscated weapons and ammunition. On March 29, agents encountered a female U.S. citizen driver and her female passenger at the I-8 checkpoint. A K-9 alerted to the Chevrolet Sonic and a subsequent search revealed a firearm in the glove box loaded with six rounds of ammunition. The driver was arrested and is facing federal charges. A second incident, involving weapons, occurred on March 26 when agents questioned a 27-year-old female U.S. citizen in a 2005 Ford Focus near the I-5 checkpoint. A search of the vehicle revealed a 9-mm caliber pistol inside a makeup box and a box of rounds. A records check indicated the firearm had been stolen. The woman was arrested and turned over to SDSO.
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.