(Friday, January 31, 2014)
Pine Valley, Calif. — For the third time in three days, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended men on Interstate 8 with contraband in their vehicles.
Yesterday, at approximately noon, agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint stopped the 33-year-old driver of a 2009 Honda Pilot. The U.S. citizen and his 27-year-old male passenger were referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the car. Agents searched the vehicle and found small amounts of hashish and marijuana in the center console. The agents also discovered vacuum-sealed packages of cash inside a backpack behind the driver’s seat. The cash bundles totaled $51,000. Both men declined to claim ownership of the cash.
The two men were arrested and booked into the San Diego County jail. The hashish, marijuana, cash, and vehicle were confiscated.
The two prior incidents on I-8 involved cocaine and guns. On Monday, agents detained two U.S. males in a Dodge Neon with two concealed 9mm semi-automatic pistols. The driver was arrested for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms. On Tuesday, agents arrested a Mexican national male with 14.77 pounds of cocaine concealed in the frame of the vehicle.
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.