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.
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.
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.