By: Earnest Jones | 08-09-2017 | News
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$3.3million in Drugs Seized by Border Officers: 17 Fugitives Captured

Narcotics valued at more than $3.3 million were intercepted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico over the weekend intercepted.

The 1,500 pounds of narcotics were seized from Fri, Aug. 4, through Sun, Aug. 6, CBP officers intercepted more than 470 pounds of methamphetamine, 72 pounds of cocaine, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of heroin. The officers also managed to capture 17 fugitives.

The CBP officers discovered that the narcotics were hidden inside vehicles in various places such as the vehicle’s floor, fenders, doors, tires and quarter panels.

In the same period, the 17 fugitives were arrested for various charges that included attempted murder, aggravated assault, larceny and parole violations.

The San Ysidro has had a significant number of apprehensions that have been conducted in the port of entry PedWest facility.

On the 4th of August, around 2:05 p.m., a 33-year-old male U.S. citizen later identified as Carlos Beltran was escorted on foot to the San Ysidro Port of Entry Pedestrian West Crossing by Mexican authorities.

The officers took Beltran to custody and conducted a query to get biometric information via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS). They also confirmed that Beltran was wanted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for attempted murder, which carried a bail of $1 million. CBP officers turned Beltran over to U.S. Marshals.

The CBP officers seized all vehicles and narcotics. The narcotic related subjects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further analysis and processing.


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