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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Cocaine, Arrests 2 during I-5 Traffic Stop

Release Date: 
February 18, 2010

San Clemente, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two people suspected of smuggling $726,000 worth of cocaine Wednesday morning during a vehicle stop on northbound Interstate 5, near San Clemente.

At about 7:50 a.m., agents conducting patrol duties along the interstate stopped a Nissan Titan pickup truck near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents interviewed the two occupants of the pickup truck, a 38-year-old male driver and 28-year-old female passenger, both of whom are U.S. citizens.

A Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to 72 pounds of cocaine hidden in the cab of a pickup truck.

Agents from the San Clemente Border Patrol Station discovered $726,000 worth of cocaine in a northbound vehicle on Interstate 5.

During the vehicle stop, a U.S. Border Patrol K-9 team arrived and was granted consent by the driver of the pickup truck to conduct an exterior search of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert in the area of the vehicle's center console.

Agents then performed an interior search of the pickup truck and found a modified compartment built underneath the center console. The compartment contained 25 bundles of cocaine, which had a total weight of 72.6 pounds.

Agents arrested the man and woman and later turned them over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics.

To prevent the smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a strong enforcement posture on major routes of egress from the border, including the Interstate 5 corridor. Since the beginning of the 2010 fiscal year, agents in the San Diego Sector have seized more than 377 pounds of cocaine.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017