SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, apprehended a female traveler for allegedly concealing over 188 pounds of narcotics and 7,000 pills of oxycodone on Thursday.
The seizure occurred at about 4 a.m., when a 28-year-old female U.S citizen, and sole occupant of a 2006 Dodge Caliber, applied for entry into the United States. A CBP officer referred the woman for a more in-depth inspection.
CBP officers utilized the ports imaging system which revealed anomalies in the dashboard, back seat, quarter panels and rear bumper. CBP officers discovered and removed 156 wrapped packages containing methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and 7,000 pills of oxycodone. The combined street value of the narcotics is approximately $988,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle. The woman was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and taken to Las Colinas Detention Facility to await prosecution.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.