BOULEVARD, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the U.S./Mexico international border on Saturday arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S.
Agents working near the town of Boulevard observed a person hiding in the brush several hundred yards north of the border. They began to search the area at 8:30 a.m. and encountered a 59-year-old male U.S. citizen who was moving bundles from a 1996 Dodge Ram into a motor home.
Border Patrol agents questioned the man and determined that a smuggling operation was in progress. A search of the area revealed 40 bundles of marijuana in the truck and motor home. The marijuana weighed 571.44 pounds and had an estimated street value of $857,160.
The suspected smuggler was taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking and the narcotics and vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
In fiscal year 2013, U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized more than 15,000 pounds of marijuana in the San Diego Sector. 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.