CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers yesterday intercepted almost two tons of marijuana concealed inside a shipment of plastic pallets at the Calexico East cargo facility.
The incident occurred at about 7:40 p.m., when officers encountered a 2011 Peterbilt tractor-trailer that entered the cargo facility carrying a manifested shipment of plastic pallets. A CBP officer conducting primary inspections referred the tractor and trailer to the secondary dock area for further examination.
CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the pallets. A canine team screened the conveyance and received a positive alert from the detector dog which led officers to discover 240 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside hollowed-out pallets.
A total of 3,498 pounds of marijuana were seized. The marijuana has at an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
The driver, a 43-yeard-old Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing.
CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.
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 our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.