OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Saturday stopped an attempt to smuggle approximately 3,400 pounds of marijuana within a shipment of mango pulp.
On June 21, at 2:30 p.m., CBP officers referred a commercial truck and trailer with cargo manifested as mango pulp for an intensive agriculture inspection. CBP officers utilized the cargo imaging system and observed anomalies within the contents of the trailer.
A CBP canine team was dispatched to search the trailer and a detector dog alerted to the crates within. CBP officers unloaded the trailer and found crates containing packages of marijuana concealed behind the crates of mango pulp.
CBP seized the marijuana, and the truck and trailer. The street value of the illegal drugs is estimated at more than $4 million.
“Our nation’s trade facilities are tested every day by entities attempting to import dangerous drugs disguised as legitimate cargo” said CBP San Diego Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “This interdiction is a direct result of the multiple layers of enforcement CBP utilizes to stop these types of threats”
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.