Early Sunday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the San Clemente checkpoint on Interstate 5 arrested two felons in possession of firearms and cocaine.
At about 3:20 a.m., agents at the checkpoint performed an immigration evaluation on two male occupants of a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the sedan, a 45-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Los Angeles, was referred to secondary inspection after his 44-year-old passenger, a legal permanent resident alien from Mexico, failed to provide agents proper immigration documents.
During the secondary inspection, agents discovered two nine millimeter handguns, loaded magazines and a box of ammunition underneath the passenger seat. Agents searched the two men and found a small amount of cocaine in the driver’s pockets. Agents arrested both men.
Record checks later revealed that the men had extensive criminal histories with restrictions on possessing firearms. Both men were turned over to San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies who took custody of the men, weapons, ammunition and cocaine.
While U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector maintain a strong enforcement posture on the immediate border to detect and interdict all potential cross-border threats, a layered enforcement posture is also maintained along major routes of egress through coordinated enforcement operations and interior checkpoints.