Man Flees Checkpoint with Marijuana in CAPosted on April 25, 2014
On the morning of Friday, April 25, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the I-5 checkpoint referred a 2014 Mazda sedan for further inspection. It looked as though the male driver was going to comply until he turned his vehicle sharply and fled the checkpoint at a high speed.
Agents pursued the driver with their emergency equipment activated, but he continued to head north using the shoulder and emergency lanes to swerve around other vehicles. The driver then ran a stop sign and made an illegal U-turn to avoid the Camp Pendleton security gate before speeding south on I-5.
The driver was then forced to take the Harbor Drive exit when his vehicle blew a tire near Oceanside. He stopped at a local gas station and fled on foot into the convenience store. Two agents entered the store after the driver and ordered him to lie prone on the floor. He eventually complied when multiple agents arrived on scene.
A search of the man’s Mazda sedan revealed 247.93 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $148,758, concealed inside the trunk.
The man was identified as a 29-year-old U.S. citizen. His marijuana was seized, and he was taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Administration.