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.
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.
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.