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Calexico CBP Officers Foil Attempt to Smuggle $2.3 Million in Marijuana

Release Date: 
August 18, 2010

Calexico, Calif. - U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial truck facility prevented a tractor-trailer carrying medical supplies from smuggling more than 5,144 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.

Cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana concealed within a shipment of medical supplies.

Calexico East commercial truck facility CBP officers prevent more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680 that were concealed within a shipment of medical supplies from entering the U. S.

On Aug. 17, at approximately 9:25 a.m. CBP officers were conducting pre-primary operations when a narcotic detector dog alerted to the trailer area of a semi-truck driven by a 40-year-old Mexican citizen.

The trailer was referred for a more intensive inspection, which revealed boxes commingled with the legitimate cargo. The boxes were determined to contain more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680.

Cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana stacked beside a shipment of medical supplies.

Calexico East commercial truck facility CBP officers prevent more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680 that were concealed within a shipment of medical supplies from entering the U. S.

According to Port Director Billy Whitford, smuggling attempts such as this one are just an example of the different ways organizations are trying to sneak drugs into the country.

"Trying to hide dangerous narcotics which cause harm within our communities in a shipment of medical supplies that are intended to help people really shows how desperate the criminal organizations have become," he said. "As the men and women of CBP continue to apply pressure to these organizations and strike big blows such as this, we weaken them."

The driver was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution; CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017