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.
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.
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.