PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a man at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley Sunday morning with cocaine in his vehicle.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., agents encountered a 21-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2008 Honda Civic as it arrived at the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle and the Civic was referred for a secondary inspection. Agents requested and received permission to search the vehicle and discovered 28 bundles of cocaine hidden behind the vehicle's rocker panels. The bundles weighed 70.20 pounds and had an estimated street value of $772,200.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration 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.