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CBP Officers Find $1 Million Cache of Methamphetamine in SENTRI Member's Car

Release Date: 
January 12, 2012

OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry recently discovered almost 54 pounds of methamphetamine hidden throughout a vehicle, driven by a SENTRI participant.

 CBP officers searched the vehicle and extracted 36 wrapped packages of methamphetamine from the door panels, quarter panels, and spare tire, with a street value of about $1 million.

CBP officers searched the vehicle and extracted 36 wrapped packages of methamphetamine from the door panels, quarter panels, and spare tire, with a street value of about $1 million.

On Wednesday, January 11, at about 5 a.m., a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2000 Honda Civic entered the port of entry through a designated SENTRI vehicle lane. During the inspection, the CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth investigation.

CBP officers ran the vehicle through the port's imaging system which revealed anomalies with the car. CBP officers searched the vehicle and extracted 36 wrapped packages of methamphetamine from the door panels, quarter panels, and spare tire, with a street value of about $1 million.

The driver, a resident of Tijuana, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized the vehicle and methamphetamine.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017