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.
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.
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.