OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry yesterday discovered $1.3 million worth of cocaine concealed in the spare tire and in the tool box of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
On September 10, at about 5 a.m., a CBP officer and his canine were screening vehicles as the occupants waited in line for inspection, when the detector dog alerted to the spare tire of the white F-150 pickup. Officers escorted the driver, a 28-year-old male, and the vehicle for a more in-depth investigation.
Officers searched the vehicle and found 23 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden in the spare tire and an additional 20 wrapped packages in a compartment hidden within the tool box that was affixed to the bed of the truck.
CBP officers seized the cocaine, weighing almost 113 pounds, and the truck.
The driver, a U.S. citizen and resident of Tijuana, Mexico, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
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.