Border Patrol agents intercept cocaine/meth smuggling attempts – Two Drug Smuggling Attempts Busted in Temecula Valley This Week

Published on June 12, 2014 by Editor

The following is a news release from the U.S. Border Patrol:

Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 intercepted two smuggling attempts on Sunday and Monday.

Sunday’s incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Agents initiated a vehicle stop on a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu traveling northbound on Interstate 15 and asked for identification from the driver, a 37-year-old man, and his 36-year-old female passenger. Both claimed to be legal permanent residents of the U.S. However, the driver could provide only a suspended driver’s license for I.D. and the woman claimed she left her identification at home in Fresno. As agents began to conduct a records check via radio, the woman admitted that she was a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the U.S. The man was determined to be a Mexican national as well.

A nearby K-9 alerted to the couple’s vehicle and a subsequent search revealed three packages of cocaine inside the car and one package inside the woman’s handbag. The two were arrested and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The narcotics weighed approximately 10.03 pounds and are valued at $130,390.

Monday’s incident occurred near Wildomar at approximately 1:30 p.m. Agents initiated a vehicle stop on a 43-year-old U.S. citizen. Agents asked the man for identification and he indicated he was from Guatemala, but had become a U.S. citizen. When agents asked permission to search his 2003 Ford Ranger, the man agreed. A nearby K-9 was summoned and alerted to the truck.

Agents searched the vehicle, locating three packages of methamphetamine in three locations: under the bed liner, near the cab, and under a tool chest in the truck bed. The narcotics weighed approximately 23.07 pounds and are worth approximately $230,700. The man was arrested and turned over to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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.

4 Responses to Border Patrol agents intercept cocaine/meth smuggling attempts – Two Drug Smuggling Attempts Busted in Temecula Valley This Week

  1. Lee Chew Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

    The Border Patrol is becoming the new DEA. Well, at least their catching 1 of 10 drug runners coming into the US from Mexico. The other 9 make it just fine to what ever destination the drugs are needed.

  2. kma Reply

    June 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Yep Lee Chew! I’d rather The Border Patrol was AT the border.

  3. Capt. Obvious Reply

    June 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Pretty dumb smugglers. It’s easy to go around the check point by going through De Luz, and there are zero Border Patrol officers up there any more.

  4. fallbrook woman Reply

    June 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    capt. obvious such an ignorant person. and the border patrol does checkpoints in De Luz to!

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