Nearly 450 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

Nearly 450 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

On the morning of Friday, July 11, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 5 checkpoint in San Clemente, California, stopped out with a 2000 Mercedes-Benz driven by a 28-year-old Mexican national female.

After attempting to circumvent the checkpoint, the female was referred for further inspection. She claimed she was headed to Santa Ana for a shopping trip, but a canine sniff of her vehicle yielded a positive alert for the presence of narcotics. A pursuant search of the Mercedes-Benz uncovered 240.97 pounds of marijuana concealed inside 91 packages in the vehicle’s trunk.

The estimated street value of this find is $144,582.

Three days later, on the morning of Monday, July 14, 2014, Border Patrol agents at this same location encountered at 2007 GMC Yukon driven by a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen.

After being referred for further inspection, the male was asked about three large boxes stored in the cargo area of his Yukon. He claimed the boxes contained personal items for a relocation to the Los Angeles area, but when opened, the boxes were found to contain 206.35 pounds of marijuana.

The estimated street value of this find is $123,810.

Both the Mexican national female and the male U.S. citizen were taken into custody and handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. They now faces federal charges for possession of a controlled substances.

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