CBP Officers Seize $4.9 Million in Drugs, capture 17 Fugitives

CBP customs and border protection
Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 19:39:47-04

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted almost 450 pounds of narcotics and captured 17 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants over the weekend. The drugs were valued at over $4.9 million. 

The officers were working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 when they intercepted the drugs and captured the fugitives. 

Drugs confiscated: 

  • 200 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 160 pounds of cocaine
  • 75 pounds of fentanyl
  • Almost seven pounds of heroin.

CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places, such as the spare tire, rear seats, transmission and bumpers.

During the same time period, a total of 17 fugitives were arrested for various charges that included probation violations, stolen vehicle, fraud and sex offense.

“CBP officers at the ports of entry are continuously watchful and alert to deter, detect and prevent threats to our nation,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “The apprehensions this weekend showcase CBP’s commitment to safeguarding the nation and our local communities.” 

CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.