San Diego — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a total of 105.47 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $2,109,400 yesterday in two separate events.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., agents encountered a 37-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer at the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a five gallon plastic water bottle containing a greenish liquid. The fluid in the bottle tested positive for liquid methamphetamine and weighed a total of 47.62 pounds with an estimated street value of $952,400. The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for further investigation.
Later in the day at about 6 p.m., a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to a 2003 Suzuki XL7 parked near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Agents searched the unattended vehicle and discovered 28 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the rear quarter panels. The meth weighed 57.85 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,157,000. The narcotics were seized and turned over to the DEA. The vehicles in both events were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.