San Clemente, Calif.- On Saturday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man suspected of smuggling more than $678,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., agents encountered a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2000 Volkswagen Passat at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente. The driver had a nervous demeanor and was referred 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 one bundle of heroin and 29 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire well. The methamphetamine weighed 31.20 pounds and had an estimated street value of $624,000. The heroin weighed 3.90 pounds and had an estimated street value of $54,600.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.