SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Thursday stopped an attempt to smuggle 162 vials of Ketamine concealed in the sunroof of a 2001 Lexus.
On October 2, at 3:30 p.m., a 56-year-old male United States citizen entered the San Ysidro border crossing for inspection driving a 2001 Lexus coupe. A CBP officer conducting the inspection referred the vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
During further inspection, the vehicle was driven through the port's imaging system where officers observed anomalies in the sunroof. The sunroof cover was pulled back, revealing 162 vials of 1000mg Ketamine in between the cover and the glass. Additionally, once the driver was removed from the vehicle CBP officers found a plastic bag containing 15 grams of marijuana.
CBP arrested the driver, and seized the ketamine, marijuana, and vehicle. “Ketamine is a U.S. schedule III drug. It is classified as an anesthetic which is often abused as a recreational drug,” said CBP San Ysidro Port Director Sidney Aki. “For the safety of our community, it is important to keep these types of drugs off the street, and out of the wrong hands.”
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.