Border Patrol Intercepts Man with Weapon & Drugs

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Agents found handgun, 18-round magazine, meth inside glove box.

PINE VALLEY—U.S. Border Patrol agents in East County San Diego arrested a man Wednesday night who had a stash of ammunition, crystal methamphetamine, and a weapon inside his vehicle.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m., when agents were patrolling Interstate 8 and initiated a vehicle stop on a 36-year-old man driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

During the vehicle stop, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the sedan.  A search of the car revealed a Glock 9mm handgun with an 18-round magazine in the glove box.  Three packages of methamphetamine, which weighed 3.97 pounds, also were discovered inside the glove box.  A further search revealed 36 rounds of 40-caliber ammunition inside the car trunk.

The driver was detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego and is facing federal charges for firearms and narcotics offenses.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

“This is a prime example of the unknown dangers that Border Patrol agents face daily as they carry out their patrol duties,” said Operations Officer Jason Bell.

As of July 31, 2016, San Diego Sector has intercepted 2,166 pounds of methamphetamine in fiscal year 2016.

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.