From the daily archives: Friday, July 22, 2011

Pine Valley, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley, Calif., spoiled two drug smuggling attempts yesterday resulting in the seizure of nearly three quarters of a million dollars of crystal methamphetamine. Border Patrol agents also made two marijuana seizures on Tuesday valued at nearly $160,000.

Crystal meth hidden in car engine.
Nearly $166,000 of crystal meth.

At approximately 3 a.m., agents encountered the 23-year-old male United States citizen driver of a gold 1999 Chevrolet Lumina as he arrived at the checkpoint. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection.

During inspection, agents noticed anomalies around the engine of the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered numerous plastic bags of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside of the engine compartment totaling 5.82 pounds with an estimated street value of $104,760.

Hidden meth in non-factory compartment.
Agents discovered an access door to a non-factory compartment.

The second seizure took place at 9 a.m., when agents assigned to the checkpoint encountered the driver of a gold Chrysler 300. Agents noticed the driver, a 22-year-old male United States citizen, appeared nervous and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the trunk and rear bumper.

Agents searched the vehicle and discovered an access door to a non-factory compartment near the spare tire containing a total of 30 cellophane-wrapped bundles of crystal methamphetamine. A total of 35.05 pounds was discovered with an estimated street value of $630,900.

The suspected smugglers and drugs in both incidents were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

On Tuesday afternoon at about 12:30 p.m., agents assigned to the I-8 checkpoint also seized 146.7 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $88,000. The marijuana was discovered after a Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to an auxiliary fuel tank in the bed of a white 2003 Ford F-150. A 29-year-old male U.S. citizen and his 22-year-old Mexican female passenger were arrested as a result of the incident. The suspected smugglers and marijuana were turned over to a multi-agency drug taskforce. The Ford F-150 was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

One hour later, agents on patrol near San Clemente, Calif., seized 114.53 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $69,000. A Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to the rear passenger door of a gray 1998 Dodge Dakota. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a total of 25 bundles of marijuana hidden inside the door. Two male Mexican nationals were arrested as a result of the smuggling attempt. The suspected smugglers and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders. Since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 65,000 pounds of marijuana and 317 pounds of methamphetamine.

 
Border Agent Robert Rosas: EOW – July 23, 2009
Campo, CA

 

In observance of the two year anniversary of the death of Border Agent Robert Rosas, We The People, California’s Crusader, http://californiascrusader.com/about-us/ supporting coalitions and concerned citizens will honor the memory of slain Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas at a July 23, 2011 memorial and candlelight vigil.  Agent Robert Rosas was murdered by illegal alien border crossers on the date of July 23, 2009, Campo, CA, at the U.S. Mexico border fence.
http://www.odmp.org/officer/20005-border-patrol-agent-robert-wimer-rosas-jr.

 

Beloved husband and father, Border Agent Robert Rosas is survived by his wife and two small children.

 

“U.S. Border Agent Robert Rosas was killed in the line of duty, Campo, CA – at the U.S. Mexico border fence – on July 23, 2009. The death of Agent Rosas, at the hands of illegal aliens, crossing the border is a murder that was committed in Campo, CA, but perpetrated in Washington, D.C., by our government not securing the border, by our government not securing the interior of the United States,” Raymond Herrera said.

“The failure of the federal government to stem the illegal alien intrusion on U.S. soil, has emboldened illegal aliens along the U.S. Mexico border,” Herrera said.

Multiple illegal border crossers are suspected shooters in the case.  Mexican teen Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17 – who testified that he lured Agent Rosas out of his vehicle – pleaded guilty to the execution-styled murder, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Two illegal border crossers, suspects in the murder investigation, remain at large. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/30/local/la-me-0430-agent-killed-20100430
“We will honor Agent Rosas’ memory by raising the awareness of  the plight of Border Agent Robert Rosas’ family, his wife and children, and celebrate the life of an American hero,” Herrera said. “We invite everyone to join us in Temecula – to honor this courageous border agent who gave his life for his country.”

 

After a memorial program,  a candlelight vigil, dedicated to the slain border agent, will be staged in front of the Temecula Duck Pond Park, honoring the second anniversary of the date of his death.
“Agent Rosas is an American hero,” Herrera said. “It is with sorrow and gratitude that we will honor our fallen hero.”

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011

 

Time: 7pm

 

Location: In front of the Temecula Duck Pond Park

28250 Rancho California Road

Temecula, CA

 

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