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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Thwart Two Narcotic Smuggling Attempts in North County

Release Date: 
July 17, 2012

San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented two drug smuggling attempts during the last five days resulting in the seizure of marijuana and heroin worth an estimated $421,860.

Agents at the San Clemente Checkpoint discovered narcotics on the back seat floor and in the cargo area of this 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. Estimated street value: $355,740.

Agents at the San Clemente Checkpoint discovered narcotics on the back seat floor and in the cargo area of this 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. Estimated street value: $355,740.

The first smuggling attempt occurred on Thursday at approximately 4:00 p.m., when agents assigned to the San Clemente Checkpoint encountered a 19-year-old male United States citizen driving a tan 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. Agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 47 bundles of marijuana behind the driver and passenger front seats and inside the trunk. The marijuana weighed 237.16 pounds and had an estimated street value of $355,740.

The second event occurred yesterday at approximately 10:00 a.m., when agents encountered a 21-year-old male United States citizen driving a gray 2001 Ford Escort at the Murrieta Checkpoint on I-15. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and referred the vehicle for secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered five bundles of heroin inside a compartment disguised to resemble a valve cover. The heroin weighed 5.51 pounds with an estimated street value of $66,120.

The suspected smugglers and narcotics in both instances were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicles 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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017