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Man Flees San Clemente Checkpoint, Gives Chase for 30 Minutes

When federal agents caught up to him, the U.S. citizen allegedly had 250 pounds of marijuana inside his car.

The red bag contained two bundles of heroin and nine bundles of meth. Photo courtesy the U.S. Border Patrol.
The red bag contained two bundles of heroin and nine bundles of meth. Photo courtesy the U.S. Border Patrol.
From a U.S. Border Patrol press release:

U.S. Border Patrol agents followed and arrested a man on Friday who fled the checkpoint in his car and refused to yield for nearly 30 minutes. 

At approximately 9:45 a.m., agents at the I-5 checkpoint referred a 2014 Mazda sedan for a secondary inspection. The male driver appeared to comply, but then veered off and fled the checkpoint at a high rate of speed.  Nearby agents followed with their lights and sirens activated.  The driver refused to yield and continued to head north.  He drove erratically, going on the shoulder and in the emergency lane to pass other vehicles. 

The car exited at Basilone Road.  The man ran a stop sign and made an illegal U-turn when he realized that he was headed for the Camp Pendleton security gate.  He re-entered the freeway, driving south on I-5. The driver continued at a high rate of speed until the car blew a tire near Oceanside. 

He exited at Harbor Drive, drove to a nearby gas station, and fled into the convenience store.  Two agents followed the driver and ordered the man to lie down on the store floor. The 29-year-old U.S. citizen initially refused, but then complied as additional agents arrived.  Agents searched the man’s vehicle and found 247.93 pounds of marijuana inside the trunk.  The narcotics are valued at $148,758.

A second arrest occurred yesterday at the I-5 checkpoint, when a 24-year-old Mexican national was referred to secondary inspection.  The man lacked proper documentation and was charged with an immigration violation.  In addition, a nearby K-9 performed a sniff of his 2000 Nissan Maxima, resulting in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle trunk and located 5.29 pounds of heroin and 17.20 pounds of methamphetamine inside a red bag.  The narcotics are valued at $235,480.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of both suspects.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

nobody May 01, 2014 at 11:32 AM
The Border Patrol is better staffed today than at any time in its 88-year history. Along the Southwest border, DHS has increased the number of boots on the ground from approximately 9,100 Border Patrol agents in 2001 to more than 18,500 today. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000. CBP now screens 100 percent of southbound rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs, and cash, has expanded Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) coverage to the entire Southwest border and completed 651 miles of fencing.
bill k May 01, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Never mind the 12 Million Aliens that are living in the US. Never mind that Marijuana will be Legal in the State of California for recreational use in 2016. Never mind we cant pass any form of Immigration Reform. As of January Undocumented Aliens in California will be able to Apply for a California Drivers License. The Border Patrol is just out for its own. The genie is out of the bottle and you cant put it back in.
nobody May 01, 2014 at 08:11 PM
What is your point? Is it a bad thing that the borders are securer that before? About the marihuana thing, it will only happen if Americans vote for it, and it's out of context. About the undocumented getting a drivers license, you can't have car insurance without one, if someone hits you, you'd wish they have insurance. And it's also out of context. There are already 12 million illegal alien, what do you suggest? That we let more in? and also all kind of drugs?
bill k May 02, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Point being. Our borders will never be secure. We just waste money trying. Marijuana smuggling will stop when we legalize in 2016. 100% that Legalization will happen. And YOU ARE WRONG. You can get Insurance without a license. Insurance Companies dont care. Why no Immigration reform ? Because the GOP is fearfull most of the new citizens wil not be Republicans. I wonder why.
nobody May 02, 2014 at 05:31 PM
They won't be 100% secure, but now is a lot more difficult. I didn't know about the insurance, always good to learn. I guess since they will drive anyway... and since California can't give them a legal status, the state can allow them to have a Drivers license, why do you think this is bad? Demographically, things are already not getting very favorable for the GOP, and denying the immigration reform won't help.

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