SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents working Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 seized nearly 560 pounds of marijuana worth more than $837,000 in two recent incidents.
On Friday, February 15, at approximately 1 p.m., San Clemente agents encountered a suspicious 2004 Dodge Durango traveling north on I-5 near Cristianitos Road. Agents initiated a vehicle stop and questioned the 29-year-old male U.S. citizen driver. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered three boxes of marijuana between the second and third row seats of the SUV. The 27 bundles of marijuana weighed 70.46 pounds and had an estimated street value of $105,690. The driver was arrested and taken to a nearby station for processing. The vehicle and drugs were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
On Monday, February 18, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a second event occurred on I-8. Border Patrol agents observed eight large trash bags on the shoulder of the highway near the Pine Valley checkpoint. Agents discovered 134 bundles of marijuana inside the bags. The bundles weighed 487.55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $731,325. The narcotics were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force for further investigation.
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.