San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a maritime drug smuggling attempt and arrested two male U.S. citizens early Sunday morning near Del Mar Dog Beach.
At approximately 3 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to coastal enforcement duties in Northern San Diego County observed a 2008 Chevrolet box truck and a 1998 Dodge pickup truck parked near the beach. Agents questioned two subjects near the vehicles and observed multiple bundles of marijuana on a nearby path to the beach.
Agents determined the subjects were involved in a narcotics smuggling event and a further search of the area revealed additional bundles of marijuana under the beach pier and inside the box truck. A total of 155 bundles of marijuana were recovered with a total weight of 1,975.96 pounds worth an estimated $2,964,000. The two suspects, narcotics, and vehicles were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents and subsequently turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of Southern California, please contact the Sector San Diego U.S. Coast Guard Joint Harbor Operations Center at (800) 854-9834.
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.