San Diego - In two recent separate incidents, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Diego Sector arrested two men and seized more than 47 pounds of cocaine, seven pounds of methamphetamine, and 100 oxycodone pills hidden inside of the vehicles driven by suspected smugglers.
The first attempt happened approximately six miles south of the San Clemente Border Patrol Checkpoint. Agents encountered a 48-year-old male, Mexican national, inside a 1998 Ford F-150 truck parked at the Aliso Creek rest area on northbound Interstate 5. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle because of the driver's nervous demeanor and inconsistent answers to questions.
The cursory inspection resulted in a positive alert to the rear undercarriage. A thorough examination of the truck's muffler revealed nine packages of cocaine with a total weight of 24.58 pounds and an estimated street value of $245,815. Agents also discovered 100 oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $8,000.
The suspected smuggler, drugs, and truck were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
In a separate incident, agents stopped a drug smuggling attempt at the Interstate 8 Checkpoint near Pine Valley, Calif. A 28-year-old male, United States citizen, driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid approached the primary inspection area. The driver, a resident of Yuma, Ariz., displayed nervous behavior and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.
Agents found 10 cellophane-wrapped bundles of cocaine behind the rear seat with a total weight of 22.75 pounds and an estimated street value of $227,517. Agents also discovered 14 bundles of methamphetamine with a total weight of 7.4 pounds and an estimated street value of $148,151.
The suspected smuggler and drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was 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. Since October 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 62,000 pounds of marijuana and 1,270 pounds of cocaine. To report suspicious activity related to border security, please call (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.