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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Foil Drug Smuggling Attempt at I-5 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
November 2, 2012

San Clemente, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a narcotics smuggling attempt last night at the I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente resulting in the seizure of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana.

Mustang and marijuana bundles seized by Border Patrol agents at I-5 checkpoint.

At approximately 6 p.m., agents encountered a 22-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2013 Ford Mustang at the I-5 checkpoint. Agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered nine bundles of marijuana in the trunk and inside the vehicle. The marijuana weighed 196.30 pounds and had an estimated street value of $294,450.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017