Border Patrol Agents Halt Meth Smuggling Attempt

NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents halted a narcotics smuggling attempt on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m., when a man driving a silver Mercury Mariner approached the Highway 111 checkpoint.  A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane.  Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation. 

While in secondary inspection, agents discovered two wrapped packages in the back seat concealed inside a projector and a power supply box.  The substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.  Agents arrested the man and took him to the detention area for further processing.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 10.6 pounds with an estimated value of $23,850. 

The man, a 30-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.


San Ysidro CBP Officers Seize More Than 227 Pounds of Meth, Fentanyl

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro Port of Entry prevented more than 222 pounds of methamphetamine and more than five pounds of fentanyl from entering the United States.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Monday, when a 71-year-old male U.S. citizen, entered the San Ysidro Port of Entry driving a black 2004 Chrysler Sebring.  The driver presented his U. S. passport card to the officer at the booth.  During the inspection, the officer noticed discrepancies with the vehicle, opened the trunk and discovered various packages inside two black bags.  The CBP officer immediately radioed for assistance and secured both the driver and the vehicle. Offices then escorted them for further investigation.

CBP officers later extracted 218 packages from the vehicle, 216 packages were methamphetamine and the other two packages were fentanyl, with an estimated street value of more than $767,000. 

CBP seized the vehicle and drugs. The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.

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