Pine Valley, Calif. - Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint intercepted two smuggling attempts on April 13, resulting in the seizure of more than 246 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine worth an estimated $311,000.
At approximately 5:10 a.m., agents encountered a 27-year-old male United States citizen driving a white 2004 Ford F-250 as he arrived at the checkpoint. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the truck bed. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 44 bundles of marijuana inside the auxiliary gas tank. The marijuana weighed 236.60 pounds and had an estimated street value of $118,300.
Another incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m., when agents encountered a 43-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a white 2006 Nissan Altima as he arrived to the I-8 checkpoint. During inspection, agents also became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the interior center console. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered two bundles of cocaine and 14 bundles of methamphetamine inside an aftermarket compartment under the console. The cocaine weighed 2.43 pounds and was worth an estimated $24,300 and the methamphetamine weighed 8.42 pounds and was worth an estimated $168,400.
The suspected smugglers and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicles were seized by U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, CBP 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 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.