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.