U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico intercepted 1,500 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $3.3 million and captured 17 fugitives over the weekend.
From Friday through Sunday, CBP officers intercepted more than 470 pounds of methamphetamine, 72 pounds of cocaine, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of heroin.
CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside cars in various places, from the car floors, fenders, doors and tires to quarter panels.
During the same period, 17 fugitives were arrested for various charges that included attempted murder, aggravated assault, larceny and parole violations.
On August 4, at approximately 2:05 p.m., a 33-year-old male U.S. citizen was escorted on foot to the San Ysidro Port of Entry Pedestrian West Crossing by Mexican authorities.
CBP Officers took custody of the man and conducted a query to get biometric information via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS).
CBP officers identified him as Carlos Beltran and 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.
CBP officers seized all cars and narcotics. All narcotic-related subjects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be found here.