San Diego, California - Border Patrol agents arrested two men for drug smuggling this week. One was smuggling heroin on Interstate 5 and the other was smuggling methamphetamine on Interstate 8.
The first incident occurred on Monday at approximately 1 p.m., after agents stopped a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala near the San Clemente checkpoint on Interstate 5. The man provided agents provided inconsistent answers to their questions. A Border Patrol K-9 team conducted a sniff resulting in an alert to the Impala. Agents searched the car and discovered that the back seat was not attached to its frame. Under the seat was a non-factory compartment sealed with electrical tape. Eight bundles of heroin were concealed inside. The narcotics weighed 21.40 pounds and are worth an estimated $256,560.
On Wednesday, a 2008 Mazda CX-7 arrived at the Pine Valley checkpoint on Interstate 8 at approximately 1:30 p.m. The driver showed an immigration document to agents but would not respond to routine questions. The man was referred to secondary inspection. A nearby K-9 alerted to the vehicle, resulting in a vehicle search. Noticing that the muffler appeared to have been tampered with, agents removed it and found 20.94 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within. The narcotics are worth an estimated $209,000.
Both men were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and face federal drug smuggling charges. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.