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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Finds Nearly $1.4 M in Hard Narcotics Inside Large Metal Security Door

Release Date: 
April 11, 2014

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint seized hard narcotics concealed inside a large white metal security door that was being transported in the bed of a truck.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 1999 Ford F-250.  Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection. Agents searched and discovered bundles of narcotics hidden inside a large metal door frame.

In secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and discovered bundles of narcotics stuffed inside the metal security door.

There were a total of 63 bundles: 41 contained methamphetamine, 16 contained cocaine, and 6 contained heroin.  The drugs weighed a total of 116.95 pounds and are valued at $1,385,320.

The man, the drugs, and the truck were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017