Fake battery with drugs
The fake battery inside the Cadillac CTS. Courtesy CBP

Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens over the weekend, one attempting to smuggle heroin in a 2007 Cadillac CTS and the other with two undocumented men in a Nissan Pathfinder.

The agency reported Tuesday that the first incident occurred at noon on Friday when the Cadillac approached the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection, where a dog indicated the presence of drugs. Inside a fake battery agents found 8.59 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $89,700.

The driver, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The second event began Saturday at approximately 9:20 p.m. about one mile north of the border on Interstate 5. Agents witnessed a person jump into the back seat of the Pathfinder, which sped off southbound at a high rate of speed.

Customs and Border Protection personnel stopped the vehicle before it entered Mexico and found three people inside. The driver was a 34-year-old U.S. citizen, the front passenger a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, and the back passenger a 29-year-old Honduran citizen. All three were arrested and transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.

The Border Patrol also arrested four men on Sunday evening who were hiding in brush near the Tecate Port of Entry. One of the group, a 63-year-old Mexican national, had an extensive criminal history which included several convictions for sexual assault and 12 years in prison.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.