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Border Patrol Intercepts Smuggling Vehicle Loaded With Illegals, Meth,Heroin, & Fentanyl

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Release Date: March 26, 2019

JACUMBA, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 41-year-old man on Saturday who had narcotics and illegal aliens inside his vehicle.

On March 23, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Border Patrol agents stopped a suspicious Dodge minivan as it exited Interstate 8 at Jacumba in East County San Diego.

Agents approached the vehicle and observed seven of the eight passengers laying on top of each other in the back seat of the Dodge. When questioned, all eight passengers admitted they were Mexican nationals in the U.S. without proper documentation. Agents arrested the eight people, which included a 15-year-old juvenile, and took them to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.

When agents inspected the minivan, they discovered 24 different narcotic and prescription medications that included methamphetamine, heroin, Xanax, fentanyl liquid and patches, codeine, and oxycodone. They also found $1,700 in U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, and firearm parts.

Agents arrested the U.S. citizen driver who faces charges for alien smuggling and for the illegal possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. There were seven adult Mexican males with ages ranging from 27 to 45 and one 15 year old Mexican juvenile. The eight subjects are in DHS custody currently and pending removal proceedings.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.

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