Border Patrol agents at the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley/San Diego prevented three drug smugglers trying to bring Mexican drugs into the U.S. The net resulted in the seizure of more than 220 pounds of illicit drugs and the arrests of four suspected drug smugglers.
“The first smuggling attempt was stopped when agents arrested a 24-year-old male United States citizen and his 19-year-old male United States citizen passenger on Friday,” said Scott Simon, Border Patrol Agent for the San Diego Sector communications department. “Agents encountered the men at approximately 11:45 a.m., as they arrived at the checkpoint driving a gray 2002 Nissan Xterra. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the men’s nervous demeanor and referred them for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the rear cargo compartment.”
Border Patrol Agents continued their inspection and discovered a non-factory compartment in the roof of the SUV that contained 25 bundles of cocaine that weighed 59.66 pounds with an estimated street value of $596,600.