Approximately 50 pounds of narcotics were seized by interior Border Patrol enforcement agents when they spotted a Hummer H3 driver behaving suspiciously. After the agents questioned the 38-year-old driver, they called in the K-9 team who performed a cursory inspection that lead to the drugs.
Once the K-9's warned Border Patrol Agents to a positive alert, they found anomalies on the Hummer’s undercarriage and rear seats.
“Agents subsequently discovered an aftermarket compartment under the rear seats concealing a total of 23 cellophane-wrapped bundles containing 26.78 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 23.48 pounds of cocaine with a combined estimated street value of $716, 840,” said Scott Simon Border Patrol Agent.
The driver was taken into custody in Fallbrook, just north of San Diego on Interstate 15 and will face a number of drug trafficking charges. The exact charges will come from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) once the case is thoroughly investigated.
This seizure is a testament to Border Patrol’s interior enforcement teams. “We tackle border-related issues using multiple tools at our disposal. The interior enforcement effort is just another one of those tools that makes our agency successful in apprehending criminal illegal aliens and seizing narcotics that would find their way onto the streets in cities across America,” said BP Agent Jerry Conlin, Information and Communications Division for Border Patrol.
The U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders in an effort to prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband.Border Patrol Agents encourage citizens to report suspicious activity at (619) 498-9900.
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