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CBP Finds More Than a Ton of Marijuana in Shipment of Hot Sauce

Release Date: 
September 6, 2011

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Friday afternoon, discovered about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce.

On Sept. 1 at about 4 p.m., a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, entered the cargo port driving a 1991 Freightliner tractor, pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as hot sauce. A CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance for a more intensive examination.

Marijuana concealed in shipment of hot sauce.

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 123 wrapped packages of marijuana, comingled with bottles of hot sauce.

The marijuana has a street value of $1.4 million.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017