SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry Sunday discovered almost 3,100 pounds of marijuana hidden inside of a shipment of cucumbers.
“CBP officers in San Diego produce results, they’ve started the fiscal year with a significant seizure,” said Pete Flores, CBP director of field operations for San Diego. “This large seizure keeps narcotics off of our streets and the proceeds out of the hands of criminal organizations.”
On Oct. 1, at about 10:30 a.m., a 2009 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as cucumber entered the commercial port of entry. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for an intensive examination.
CBP officers offloaded the shipment, opened the boxes and discovered large wrapped packages comingled with cucumbers. The contents of the large packages field-tested positive for marijuana CBP officers extracted a total of 376 packages with an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million.
CBP officers seized the tractor-trailer and the marijuana.
Over the weekend at ports of entry along the California border with Mexico, officers also intercepted 528 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin valued at more than $2.5 million.
CBP officers also caught 12 fugitives wanted for crimes such as burglary, kidnapping, and assault, among others.
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.