Pine Valley, Calif. – On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered two Mexican nationals hidden inside the trunk of a car following a pursuit on Interstate 8.
At approximately 3 p.m., agents working at the I-8 checkpoint referred a 2000 Mercury sedan for a secondary inspection. The 28-year-old U.S. citizen driver and his 25-year old male passenger proceeded toward the secondary inspection area. The driver suddenly accelerated and sped through the checkpoint. Agents pursued the fleeing vehicle on Interstate 8 and as agents approached the vehicle, the driver yielded approximately one mile east of Highway 79 and pulled over onto the shoulder of the road.
Agents arrested the driver and his passenger, searched the vehicle, and discovered two people hidden inside the trunk who were suffering from heat-related exhaustion. After ensuring their safety, agents questioned the two individuals and determined they were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. A 50-year-old female and 43-year-old male were transported to a nearby station with the driver and passenger. A records check later revealed an outstanding felony warrant on the Mexican male subject for narcotics possession and a failure to appear in court.
All four subjects were turned over to Department of Homeland Security custody. The driver and passenger face Federal charges for alien smuggling. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
CBP Officers at Tecate, Calif. Discover More Than $150,000 of Heroin Hidden in Fire Extinguishers
Tecate, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Tecate, Calif. port of entry near San Diego arrested a man after they discovered more than 10 pounds of heroin stuffed inside two portable fire extinguishers.
CBP officers encountered a 38-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck as he arrived at the Tecate port from Mexico on Friday at about 10 a.m. An officer directed the driver to secondary for further inspection.
A CBP officer and detector dog was summoned to screen the truck which produced a positive alert to a fire extinguisher inside a tool box in the truck’s bed. An officer x-rayed the extinguisher which detected internal anomalies. The officer cut off the top of the unpressurized fire extinguisher and discovered a package containing almost six pounds of heroin stuffed inside.
Officers continued with the truck’s examination and discovered a bag behind the front driver’s seat that contained another fire extinguisher. That extinguisher contained a package of more than 5 pounds of heroin.
CBP officers subsequently extracted from the fire extinguishers a total of two wrapped packages of heroin that had a combined weight of almost 11 pounds with an estimated street value of about $150,000.
The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt. CBP seized the truck and narcotics.