CALEXICO, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico-East commercial facility stopped the attempted smuggling of 1,142 pounds of marijuana Tuesday within a false wall-compartment of an empty trailer.
The incident occurred at about 1:40 p.m., Nov. 15, when a CBP officer encountered a 2012 Peter-Built tractor that entered the cargo facility with an apparent empty trailer. The officer detected an irregularity inside the trailer and referred the commercial truck for a more in-depth examination.
Officers utilized the port’s imaging system and observed anomalies within the front wall of the empty trailer. A canine team was dispatched to search the trailer and the detector-dog alerted to the wall.
CBP officers searched the conveyance and discovered 57 large wrapped packages
stacked inside a non-factory compartment in the front wall of the empty trailer. The packages field-tested positive for marijuana and have a street value of approximately $456,800.
CBP seized the marijuana, tractor, and trailer.
CBP officers also seized 727 pounds of marijuana early last week that was also concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the front wall of an empty trailer. The street value of the narcotic was approximately $290,800.
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.