Border Patrol Nets $1.2M Cocaine Seizure
TEMECULA — Border Patrol agents seized more than 76 pounds of cocaine after conducting a vehicle stop on Wednesday near the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 15 in Temecula.
Border Patrol agents seized more than 76 pounds of cocaine after conducting a vehicle stop on Wednesday near the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 15 in Temecula.
At about 3:15 p.m., agents pulled over the driver of a 2005 Honda Accord. As the agents interviewed the 50-year-old male driver of the vehicle, a Border Patrol K-9 conducted a search of the vehicle’s exterior and alerted agents for the possible presence of contraband.
After the agents received the alert, the driver agents searched the vehicle and discovered 30 bundles of cocaine that was concealed in a false compartment built into the vehicle’s back seat.
In total, the bundles contained 76.07 pounds of cocaine, which had an estimated street value of $1,217,120.
Richard A. Barlow, Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector said, “This result illustrates how the U.S. Border Patrol aggressively targets illicit activity not only at the border, but also along major corridors of egress.”
The suspected smuggler was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics. The Honda Accord was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Since October 1, 2015, Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector have intercepted 598.42 pounds of cocaine.
Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth at Highway 86
SALTON CITY – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station working at the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling after they discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire of the vehicle on Wednesday.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station working at the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling after they discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire of the vehicle.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when a 36-year-old man approached the checkpoint driving a 2002 white Ford Explorer.
A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle during a pre-primary inspection. Agents referred the man to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination. After an intensive search, agents discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle’s spare tire.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of nine pounds with an estimated street value of $81,000.
“The Border Patrol is continuously assessing the right combination of assets needed to maintain operational control of the border,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim. “The threat constantly changes and we frequently fine-tune our enforcement posture to heighten the probability of its success.”
The man, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2016, El Centro Sector has seized than 500 pounds of methamphetamine.
CBP Officers Find Heroin Stashed in Suitcase Lining, Concealed Under Motorcycle Gas Tank
CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry foiled attempts to smuggle heroin across the border in a suitcase and under the gas tank of a motorcycle.
“The tenacity and experience of our frontline officers directly resulted in the seizures of an extremely dangerous drug,” said David Salazar, acting Port Director for the Calexico ports of entry. “These arrests illustrate how CBP officers blend their training and skills with non-intrusive inspection technologies to successfully intercept narcotics before they enter our communities.”
While in a secure area, officers searched the contents of the man’s suitcase and discovered two tape-wrapped packages hidden behind an inner lining.
The first incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, when a CBP officer encountered a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen after he arrived at the downtown port’s pedestrian inspection facility. The officer noticed the man, who was traveling with a suitcase, appeared nervous and escorted him for additional review.
The contents of the two packages field-tested positive as heroin, yielding a total weight of five pounds, and worth approximately $45,000.
The second incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on April 21, when a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen arrived at the downtown port riding a 2002 Honda CBR600 motorcycle. A CBP officer referred the man and his motorcycle aside for a more intensive inspection.
During the inspection of the motorcycle, officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies under the gas tank. Officers continued searching the area and discovered two wrapped bundles of heroin stashed in the gas tank’s housing.
More than four pounds of heroin was extracted from the motorcycle, worth an estimated street value of $38,000.
The man transporting the suitcase, a resident of Glendale, Arizona, and the motorcyclist, a resident of Mexicali, were arrested by CBP officers and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. Both men were eventually booked into the Imperial County Jail to face federal charges.
CBP seized the narcotics.