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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Intercept Marijuana Smuggling Attempt on I-5

Release Date: 
May 13, 2013

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a man at the San Clemente checkpoint Friday with marijuana in his vehicle.


Marijuana bundles hidden in a tool box.

An additional five bundles were inside the tool box that was located in the bed of the truck.

At approximately 6 a.m., agents encountered a 52-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2000 Toyota Tundra truck. 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 three bundles of marijuana in the backseat and five bundles in a tool box located in the bed of the truck. The eight bundles of marijuana weighed 260.48 pounds and had an estimated street value of $390,720.

Agents took custody of the marijuana and vehicle. The subject was arrested and will face state charges for the possession and transportation of marijuana.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017