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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Methamphetamine at I-5 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
February 28, 2011

San Clemente, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than three pounds of methamphetamine yesterday, after it was discovered hidden inside the jacket of a 50-year-old female citizen of the United States at the I-5 checkpoint.

At I5 checkpoint Border Patrol agents discover contraband concealed within a female's coat

At I5 checkpoint Border Patrol agents discover contraband concealed within a female's coat

At approximately 9:45 a.m., a Concord shuttle van arrived to the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint. The vehicle and its occupants were referred by agents to secondary inspection, where a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory search of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert. Agents instructed all occupants to disembark the shuttle.

While waiting for all occupants to exit the vehicle, a Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to a female passenger who had just stepped out of the van. An examination of the vehicle, the remaining occupants and their belongings yielded no illegal contraband.

A search of the female passenger's belongings revealed two bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane and duct tape inside of her jacket. The methamphetamine weighed nearly 4 pounds with an estimated street value of $70,000.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Through coordinated enforcement operations, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a strong defense-in-depth enforcement posture along major routes of egress from the border to our nation's interior.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017