San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented three drug smuggling attempts this week, resulting in the seizure of marijuana worth an estimated $317,595.
On May 4 at approximately 3:30 a.m., agents spotted a boat with two males onboard in Mission Bay. After the boat docked, agents questioned the men and became suspicious after observing their overly nervous demeanor. Agents requested and received permission from the two male U.S. citizens, ages 55 and 45, to search the vessel and later discovered 22 bundles of marijuana inside several compartments. The marijuana weighed a total of 462.90 pounds with an estimated street value of $231,450.
A second event occurred on May 7 at about 1:30 p.m. Agents encountered a 30-year-old male United States citizen driving a gray 2002 Audi A4 at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered several bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle trunk. The marijuana weighed 63.27 pounds with an estimated street value of $31,635.
The third event occurred May 9 shortly before 6 p.m. Agents encountered a 49-year-old male Mexican national driving a gold 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer as he arrived to the San Clemente checkpoint on I-5. Agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and requested and received permission to search the vehicle. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 15 bundles of marijuana inside the spare tire and 36 bundles inside the gas tank. The marijuana weighed 109.02 pounds with an estimated street value of $54,510.
The suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
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.