CAMPO, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Diego Sector recently seized nearly $600,000 of marijuana as smugglers attempted to transport the narcotics into the United States.
On February 19, at approximately 11:45 p.m., agents observed two subjects with large backpacks near the U.S./Mexico International Boundary in Campo. Border Patrol agents and a K-9 team responded to the area and followed footprints of the subjects. Two male Mexican nationals, one 48-year-old and one 52-year-old, were subsequently located and detained by agents when they attempted to hide inside a 1999 GM Safari that was parked by an Airstream trailer.
The K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the area resulting in a positive alert to the Airstream trailer. Border Patrol agents searched the trailer and discovered 73 bundles of marijuana. The narcotics weighed 399.59 pounds and had an estimated street value of $599,385. The suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force 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.