BOULEVARD, Calif. – Federal agents on patrol near the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County over the weekend arrested a U.S. citizen trying to smuggle over $850,000 worth of marijuana into the United States, authorities reported Monday.
About 8:30 a.m. Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol personnel working near the town of Boulevard spotted a person hiding in brush several hundred yards north of the international line, according to USBP public affairs.
Searching the area, the officers encountered a 59-year-old man who was moving bundles from a 1996 Dodge Ram into a motor home. They questioned him and determined that a smuggling operation was in pro
gress, officials said.
Inside the two vehicles, agents found 40 packages of cannabis weighing about 570 pounds combined. The stash had an estimated street value of roughly $857,000.
The suspected smuggler, whose name was not released, was jailed on suspicion of drug trafficking. The Border Patrol impounded the marijuana and vehicles.