SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 5 checkpoint foiled two drug smuggling attempts on Tuesday resulting in the arrest of two suspects and the confiscation of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana valued at more than $1,771,000.
Border Patrol agents operating the checkpoint encountered a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen, at approximately 5:40 p.m., driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus. Agents referred the man for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team conducted an inspection resulting in an alert to the vehicle. Agents subsequently discovered 13 blue shopping bags inside the trunk of the car. The bags held 41 bundles of methamphetamine that weighed 58.9 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,178,000. The bags also contained eight bundles of cocaine that weighed 20.66 pounds and had an estimated street value of $227,000. The suspected drug smuggler, drugs, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Earlier that day, at approximately 2:45 p.m., agents stopped a 2001 Buick LeSabre. The driver, a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen, was questioned and a K-9 inspection was conducted resulting in an alert to the rear of the vehicle. Agents opened the trunk and found several large blue plastic bags containing 91 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed more than 244 pounds and had an estimated street value of $366,000. The driver and marijuana were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force.
Last week, on May 10, agents operating the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint arrested a 52-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2000 Toyota Tundra truck that held eight bundles of marijuana weighing 260.48 pounds and had an estimated street value of $390,720.
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.