U.S. Customs and Border Protection(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) — Border Patrol agents arrested a man smuggling over $500,000 worth of cocaine in the car that he was travelling in with his wife and son. The arrest took place on Thursday in San Clemente, California, when agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling past them at around 85 MPH, weaving between lanes and around drivers, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV. The vehicle stopped at a shopping mall, where the driver walked about quickly with his wife, before being confronted by agents who asked for consent to search their vehicle. The couple agreed and agents uncovered a duffel bag containing 20 brick-shaped packages of cocaine, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents also discovered a package of cocaine in a shopping bag near the infant’s car seat. The 21 packages of cocaine weighed over 51lbs combined, and authorities estimate it has a street value of $512,500.As agents questioned the male driver of the vehicle, his wife took their infant son to a nearby mall, saying she needed to use the restroom. The pair did not return and were subsequently located around a quarter of a mile from the site of the arrest. The driver, identified only as a 34-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over, along with the seized cocaine, to the Orange Country Drug Enforcement Administration office. The mother and infant were released. Though valued at a significant amount of money, the haul is relatively minor compared to some made in recent years. In March 2019, authorities in New York seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container, which had an estimated street value of $77 million.In June of the same year, authorities in Philadelphia seized 16.5 tons of cocaine from a cargo ship, which had a street value of $1 billion. In total, authorities seized 388,970 pounds of cocaine at border crossings or in domestic field operations between 2012 and 2018, according to the most recent data available from the Congressional Research Service. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press “There’s still a handful of things we’re looking at relative to either the kicking game. Interior offensive linemen is something we’ll pay close attention to; we think this draft has got some really good options there,” Payton said. “Obviously there’s lot of receivers in this draft. From a secondary standpoint, we’ll pay close attention to the corner market and then I would say also at linebacker.”The Saints also are keeping a close eye on quarterbacks. Because of reserve QB Taysom Hill’s unconventional role as a change-of-pace utility player who does everything from read-option runs to lining up as a tight end or playing special teams, Payton said the club will need a third QB. While that is most likely to be a veteran, the Saints aren’t ruling out rookies. Payton said the club recently conducted a video conference with Utah State QB Jordan Love, whom Payton predicted would be taken in the first two rounds of the draft, which begins April 23.“We’re not saying it has to be a veteran player. It will be best available player that we feel like fits our program,” Payton said. “But know with what want to do with Taysom, that we’re going to have not only a third quarterback, but that quarterback is going to be up on game day.”The brewery, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is closed to normal operations, Payton said. But the coach, general manager Mickey Loomis, college scouting director Jeff Ireland and a few other staffers have set up in an expansive room where they can keep their distance from one another and communicate with area scouts through video conferences. April 1, 2020 Payton back at work, unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020 On Tuesday, Payton was being interviewed on ESPN when he mentioned the Saints had a “unique” quarterback situation because Brees was coming back for a “final season.” He clarified on Wednesday he really meant to convey the idea that the Saints can’t really know for sure if Brees will keep playing in 2021 until the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns passing makes that call himself.“Probably, in my mind, it really started with the idea that this year was unique in that he spent some time thinking about, ‘Hey, am I ready to come back for another season?’” Payton said. “So before we deal with the year after this season, I know the focal point for us will be this season.”Brees has said repeatedly during the past few years that at his age, he believes it is best to re-evaluate his desire to continue playing after each season.Payton, meanwhile, has ended his quarantine after recovering from the coronavirus and now goes to work at the sprawling new Dixie Brewery in an industrial section of eastern New Orleans.Having addressed the defensive and offensive lines, secondary and receiver position in free agency, Payton said the club’s focus is turning toward the draft. “We’re using all the (Center for Disease Control) guidelines,” Payton said, noting, for example, that no one enters the room without taking their temperature. “There’s plenty of space. I’m kind of like the guy they all want to sit away from, and I’m like, ‘Look, I’m the safest guy in the room.’”Payton said with video conferencing, some meetings involve around 20 people, even though no more than seven people are in the draft room.After bringing back Brees, defensive tackle David Onyemata and left guard Andrus Peat — who were all due to become free agents — the Saints added Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins, San Francisco receiver Emmanuel Sanders and fullback Michael Burton. The Saints also made a first-round tender to Hill, a restricted free agent, meaning the Saints would get a first-round draft choice if they declined to match any offer Hill received from another team.Among the players to leave the Saints in free agency were cornerback Eli Apple, reserve QB Teddy Bridgewater and linebacker A.J. Klein.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn’t mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.“I’m a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans. “I honestly don’t know if it’s his last year. I think the thing he’s done, and we’ve all done, is taking it year by year.” Brees, 41, is entering his 20th season. Shortly before becoming a free agent in March, Brees signed a two-year, $50 million contract to remain with the club he joined in 2006.
Tottenham have moved within three points of the top four as they came from behind to beat Brighton in the first match of an action-packed Boxing Day.Dele Alli scored a superb winning goal after Harry Kane had earlier cancelled out Adam Webster’s opener, as Spurs got revenge for their 3-0 defeat at the Amex in the final stages of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign as manager.It was Alli’s fifth goal in eight games under Jose Mourinho and it will have provided some comfort to the Portuguese, who revealed before the match that his Christmas Day had been ruined by his dog dying. GETTY IMAGES – GETTY4Alli received the ball after some lovely Spurs play But Kane did eventually get on the score sheet to level the tie before Alli’s winner And he chipped a superb finish over Ryan into the far corner of the goal The three points boost Spurs’ top-four prospects and continue an incredible record on December 26 for both the club and Mourinho – on this date, they are unbeaten in 14 and eight encounters respectively.Brighton, who won the reverse fixture 3-0 in October, had threatened to ruin that run as they were the better side in the first half and had Webster’s opener to hang onto.But they have now gone three games without a win and must prepare for another lunchtime kick-off against Bournemouth in 48 hours.Even before the loss of his family pet Mourinho’s mood had been soured by spending much of the build-up to this game talking about VAR and how it is killing the game and his feelings would only have worsened in the 25th minute as his side had a goal ruled out. Kane thought he had opened the scoring – but VAR ruled his goal out for offside Spurs had laboured in the opening quarter to get in behind Brighton, so they went long as Harry Winks sent Kane clear.The England captain finished in the usual accomplished manner, rolling past an onrushing Mat Ryan, but VAR official Mike Dean needed the perpendicular lines to rule Kane centimetres offside.Spurs needed that pick-me-up so to have the goal chalked off was a blow and what happened 12 minutes later was perhaps inevitable.Winks was adjudged to have fouled Ezequiel Schelotto on the left, though contact was minimal, and Pascal Gross whipped in an inviting delivery which Webster climbed highest to power home.Spurs were booed off by their fans at half-time, but they were immediately better after the break and needed only eight minutes to equalise. Lucas Moura looked to have run into a blind alley but a lucky deflection saw the ball fall kindly to Kane and after Ryan saved his first attempt, the striker put the ball away at the second attempt.It was his 10th goal of the Premier League season, the sixth successive season in which he has reached double figures.That was just what Mourinho will have ordered and Spurs used it as a launchpad to push Brighton back.Kane would have had another chance had his touch been better after Moussa Sissoko’s raid forward, but there was no denying Spurs a second in the 72nd minute.It was a brilliant team move as Moura and Kane linked up with Christian Eriksen, Dane’s brilliant diagonal ball finding Serge Aurier for him to tee up Alli, whose cushioned first-time finish found the top corner.Alli should have had a second in the 90th minute when Kane played him through, but Ryan produced a fine flying save to turn the ball over the crossbar.