U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents Sunday stopped a U.S. citizen with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment under the deck of his boat. Over the weekend, CBP marine interdiction agents on routine patrol stopped a private pleasure craft, a 1994 23-foot Bayliner with one male U.S. citizen on board, as it returned to the U.S. from Mexico.
The CBP marine interdiction unit, joined by a back-up vessel and crew with additional marine interdiction agents and a CBP officer, performed a boarding just outside of Mission Bay before escorting the pleasure boat and sole occupant to the CBP dock. Agents found a hidden compartment below the deck with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $3 million. This is CBP’s largest methamphetamine seizure at sea off the coast of San Diego.
CBP turned the suspected smuggler over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with the Maritime Task Force, which is investigating the incident.