SAN DIEGO–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro Port of Entry prevented more than 222 pounds of methamphetamine and more than five pounds of fentanyl from entering the United States.
The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Monday, when a 71-year-old male U.S. citizen entered the San Ysidro Port of Entry driving a black 2004 Chrysler Sebring. The driver presented his U. S. passport card to the officer at the booth. During the inspection, the officer noticed discrepancies with the vehicle, opened the trunk and discovered various packages inside two black bags. The Customs and Border Protection officer immediately radioed for assistance and secured both the driver and the vehicle. Offices then escorted them for further investigation.
Officers later extracted 218 packages from the vehicle, 216 packages were methamphetamine and the other two packages were fentanyl, with an estimated street value of more than $767,000.
Customs and Border Protection seized the vehicle and drugs. The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.