San Diego -U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted two drug smuggling attempts this week, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin worth an estimated $168,050.
On May 14, at about 9:30 a.m., agents encountered a 19-year-old male Mexican national driving a gray 1994 Jeep Cherokee at the Interstate 15 checkpoint. Agents became suspicious of the man's demeanor and referred the vehicle for secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a bundle of methamphetamine inside the front differential. The methamphetamine weighed 5.25 pounds and had an estimated street value of $105,000. The suspected smuggler was arrested by agents and is being held pending state charges. The drugs were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
A second event occurred on May 16, at about 7:15 a.m. Agents encountered a 24-year-old male United States citizen driving a white GMC Yukon at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the female passenger's nervous demeanor and referred the vehicle 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 bundles of heroin inside the 19-year-old female passenger's handbag. The heroin weighed 2.20 pounds with an estimated street value of $63,050. The suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The vehicles used in the two smuggling attempts were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.