OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Thursday stopped four separate attempts to smuggle approximately 1225 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of heroin, and 6 pounds of methamphetamine within 24 hours.
On June 12, at 5 a.m., CBP officers inspected three commercial trucks pulling empty trailers and noticed each contained fire extinguishers in their cabin. CBP canine teams searched the extinguishers and the detector dogs alerted to them. CBP officers placed the extinguishers on a baggage x-ray machine revealing anomalies with the contents.
CBP officers sawed open the fire extinguishers, three of them contained heroin, and two others contained methamphetamine.
Later that day, at 1 p.m., CBP officers referred a small moving-truck for intensive inspection. A CBP canine team searched the truck and its contents and the detector dog alerted to boxes within the trailer. CBP officers found several large packages of marijuana comingled with personal belongings, hidden inside the boxes.
CBP seized the narcotics, three trucks, and trailers. The combined value of the illegal drugs is estimated at more than $860,000.
“CBP officers put forth an outstanding effort interdicting these dangerous drugs and at the same time expeditiously moving legitimate trade through the port of entry,” said Otay Mesa cargo Port Director Rosa Hernandez. “CBP officers are without a doubt our agencies greatest asset.”
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.