SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley, prevented a narcotics smuggling attempt yesterday resulting in the seizure of 53.02 pounds of cocaine and 10.14 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $733,000.
At approximately 4:50 p.m., agents encountered the 22-year-old male United States citizen driver of a gold 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada, and his 23-year-old female United States citizen passenger, as they arrived to the checkpoint. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the occupants' nervous demeanor and referred them for a secondary inspection.
A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a non-factory compartment in the gas tank which contained 21 bundles of cocaine worth an estimated $530,200, and seven bundles of methamphetamine worth an estimated $202,800. The two suspected smugglers and illicit narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Since Monday morning, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 5 and Interstate 15 checkpoints have made three additional seizures that included marijuana and methamphetamine, resulting in the arrests of three suspected smugglers. The total estimated street value of the three seizures was $104,995. The four vehicles involved in the smuggling incidents 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 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.