Border Patrol Apprehends Man with Crystal Meth at California Checkpoint
(Thursday, July 18, 2013)
Pine Valley, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a crystal meth smuggling attempt at the Pine Valley checkpoint early Monday morning.
The suspected smuggler is being held by the Department of Homeland Security for further investigation. The narcotics were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force; the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.At approximately 6:30 a.m., agents encountered a 34-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse as it arrived at the checkpoint. The driver displayed suspicious behaviors and was referred for secondary inspection. A nearby K-9 alerted to the vehicle as it drove into the secondary inspection area. Agents searched and discovered 21 bundles of crystal meth in the dashboard of the vehicle. The bundles weighed 23.55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $353,250.
Border Patrol Thwarts $1.26 Million Methamphetamine Smuggling Attempt at California Checkpoint
(Wednesday, July 17, 2013)
Salton City, Calif. – On Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than 39 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a compartment within his vehicle.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 41-year-old male driving a dark gray 2007 Ford F-150 pick-up truck as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 11 packages of methamphetamines hidden inside two compartments that had been built into the pick-up’s bed.
The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 39.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,260,860.
The suspected smuggler, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
San Luis CBP Intercepts Nearly $193k of Meth
San Luis, Ariz. – A Mexican national is in custody in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle more than 12 pounds of meth into the United States through the Port of San Luis on Monday.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Payan was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.Customs and Border Protection officers referred Victor Alfonso Payan-Beltran, 29, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Nissan sedan when he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle’s frame and front bumper, officers removed 12 packages of meth valued at $192,665.