SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested three men and prevented two smuggling attempts this week resulting in the seizure of bulk cash and more than $300,000 in marijuana.
On Sunday at approximately 3 a.m., agents working in Campo followed a set of footprints from the international border fence that led to the discovery of an abandoned suspicious bag. A subsequent search of the bag revealed a vehicle tire that contained 17 bundles of marijuana. Agents later apprehended three male Mexican nationals who were associated with the narcotic seizure. The marijuana weighed 21.45 pounds and had an estimated street value of $321,750. The narcotics and three subjects were turned over to agents from an anti-narcotic task force.
A second incident occurred on Monday at approximately 11:45 a.m. when agents working along Interstate 5 stopped a 23-year-old male United States citizen driving a 1998 Ford Mustang near Carlsbad. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered bundles of U.S. currency wrapped in tinfoil and hidden inside the vehicle's manifold. The bulk cash totaled $10,480 and was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. The subject and cash were turned over to agents from 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.
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.