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CBP Officers Discover more than 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana in False Wall at Calexico

Release Date: 
November 18, 2016

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021