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Calexico East CBP Officers Seize Almost 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana in Shipment of Cucumbers

Release Date: 
January 18, 2013

 

Calexico East CBP officers found nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana concealed in a shipment of cucumbers.

Calexico East CBP officers found nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana concealed in a shipment of cucumbers.

CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico cargo facility arrested a man after they discovered 2,791 pounds of marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of cucumbers.

On Thursday, January 17, at about 2 p.m., a 36-year-old Mexican citizen driving a 2007 tractor pulling a trailer entered the port with a shipment manifested as cucumbers. A CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance to the dock for a more in-depth inspection.

 

Shipment of cucumbers co-mingled with marijuana valued at about $1.7 million.

Shipment of cucumbers co-mingled with marijuana valued at about $1.7 million.

After a detector dog alerted to the boxes of cucumber, officers searched the boxes and found wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with the cucumbers. Officers subsequently found 336 wrapped packages of the narcotic valued at approximately $1.7 million.

The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.

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February 9, 2017