U.S. Border Patrol nails a triple drug bust


SAN DIEGO—Three immigration checks during a 12-hour period in San Diego County netted more than $350,000 in methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana yesterday, according to a press release from the U.S. Border Patrol.

Reportedly, the first seizure occurred Tuesday at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley. At about 2 p.m., agents encountered a 27-year-old man driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck and referred the vehicle to a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the truck and agents searched and discovered 13 bundles of crystal methamphetamine and one bundle of black tar heroin hidden inside the truck’s air conditioning vents.

The meth seizure was valued at $36,672 and the heroin was valued at $15,600, according to the press release.

The second incident reportedly occurred at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 near San Clemente. According to the press release, at about 6 p.m., a 19-year-old male driver of a Ford Focus was referred to secondary inspection. Agents arrested the driver after determining that he was illegally present in the U.S.

Also during the inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 reportedly alerted to the Ford Focus and agents searched and located 4.63 pounds of heroin and 36.27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden between the rear seats and trunk.

The heroin was valued at $43,985 and the methamphetamine was valued at $123,318, the press release stated.

The final incident also took place at the Border Patrol checkpoint near San Clemente. This morning at about 1:30 a.m., agents reportedly referred the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup truck to secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents and a search resulted in the discovery of 38 bundles of crystal methamphetamine inside the cab behind the driver’s seat and back wall of the cab, according to the press release.

The meth seizure was valued at $137,696.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow said, “These seizures are an excellent example of the tenacity and vigilance demonstrated by our agents on a daily basis. We will remain firm in our commitment to prevent these dangerous narcotics from reaching the streets.”

The drivers in all three incidents were taken into custody on suspicion of drug smuggling, and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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 in corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders, the press release said. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact the San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.