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CBP Finds More Than 1,400 Pounds of Marijuana in Shipment of Serrano Peppers

Release Date: 
July 18, 2011

San Diego, CA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Wednesday evening, discovered 1,420 pounds of marijuana in boxes of serrano chili peppers.

Seized Marijuana-Otay Mesa, CA.

Seized Marijuana

Photo Credit:Photo Courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

On July 13 at about 6 p.m., a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the cargo port driving a 2000 International tractor, pulling a refrigerated trailer with cargo manifested as chili peppers. A CBP officer noticed the driver's nervous demeanor and referred the conveyance for an intensive examination.

Officers ran the tractor trailer through the port's x-ray imaging system that showed anomalies with the cargo. Officers then unloaded the shipment; they opened the boxes and discovered 112 wrapped packages of marijuana, comingled with serrano chili peppers.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized the marijuana, tractor, and trailer.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017