Border Patrol Arrests Man at I-8 Checkpoint Carrying Stash of Prescription Drugs

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cbpPINE VALLEY, CA —On Sunday, November 10, 2013, the U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a 53-year-old man on Sunday evening who had large quantities of prescription pills inside his vehicle.

Agents encountered the U.S. citizen at approximately 8 p.m. when he approached the Pine Valley checkpoint in a 2004 Ford Taurus.

Agents became suspicious of the man and his female passenger following routine questioning and referred them for a secondary inspection. A K-9 team inspected the vehicle, which produced an alert to the trunk and to the interior of the vehicle.

Agents searched the trunk and discovered a postal package containing large quantities of American and Mexican Xanax, American and Mexican Soma, Valium, and Roche 10. Additional quantities of Xanax were found inside the man’s clothing, leading to a sum total of 915 pills with an estimated street value of $4,280.

The man admitted he did not have a prescription for the pills. He was arrested and taken to the San Diego County Jail for the possession and transportation of controlled substances. The U.S. Border Patrol seized the narcotics and vehicle.