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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Thwart Meth Smuggling Attempt on I-5

Release Date: 
March 13, 2013

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents recently apprehended a man near the San Clemente checkpoint with more than eight pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

 

Border Patrol agents discovered more than eight pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $161,000.

Border Patrol agents discovered more than eight pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $161,000.

On March 12, at approximately 5:30 p.m., agents working along Interstate 5 stopped a 23-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla. A Customs and Border Protection canine team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle and alerted to a brown luggage bag on the rear seat located behind the driver's seat. Border Patrol agents searched the bag and discovered numerous plastic ziplock bags containing methamphetamine. The methamphetamine weighed 8.05 pounds and had an estimated street value of $161,000.

The suspected smuggler, narcotics, and vehicle were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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 the nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017