Pine Valley, Calif. — Yesterday, drug smugglers’ attempt to transport dangerous drugs was foiled by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley, after agents discovered nearly 20 pounds of narcotics stuffed inside a vehicle’s transfer case.
The seizure occurred at about 10 a.m., when a Ford Bronco was stopped at the Border Patrol checkpoint. The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was directed to a secondary inspection area, where a K-9 team conducted an exterior search on the SUV. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle, prompting agents to investigate further.
Border Patrol agents observed undercarriage anomalies with the vehicle’s transfer case and removed it for a closer inspection. Inside the unit agents discovered six bundles of crystal methamphetamines weighing more than six pounds and five bundles of cocaine weighing nearly 13 pounds. The illicit drugs have an estimated street value of more than $240,000.
The suspected smuggler and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
One of the goals for the San Diego Sector Border Patrol is to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat criminal organizations operating within its area of operation. The removal of these drugs and potential proceeds from its sale helps achieve the objective and also aids in crime reduction that consequently improves the quality of life in the community.