Another day, another battle to protect America's borders on the front lines, such is the mantra for the United States Border Patrol.
Border Patrol Special Agents say that in San Diego a 25 year old man who was in possession of several pounds of methamphetamine was arrested by the San Diego Sector of the Border Patrol after they intercepted a drone that was observed flying over the border.
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At around midnight, a Border Patrol Agent first observed a drone fly over the border fence guarding the United States at an area approximately two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The Agent then notified law enforcement in the area to be on the lookout for the drone.
Shortly thereafter an all-terrain vehicle belonging to the Border Patrol spotted a male suspect attempting to meet with the drone near the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street.
The agent then approached the suspect and discovered that he was carrying a large open bag in which inside had that several plastic wrapped packages containing methamphetamine.
The Border Patrol agent took the man into custody and a search of the immediate area was conducted, leading to the discovery of a drone that was concealed under a bush nearby. The drone was approximately two feet in height according to investigators.
“Due to the agents’ heightened vigilance, this drone smuggling scheme was stopped before these dangerous narcotics could enter our communities,” said Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Boone Smith.
The methamphetamine had a total weight of 13.44 pounds and an estimated street value of $46,000, which is a major victory for the streets of surrounding border towns and another blow dealt against the cartels.
The United States Border Patrol says in order to prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, there is a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.
To report suspicious activity to the United States Border Patrol in this area, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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