OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility arrested a man after they discovered more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana comingled with a shipment of cucumbers.
Thursday evening, May 9, at about 7:30 p.m., a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen, driving a 2002 Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer entered the cargo port with a shipment manifested as cucumbers. A CBP officer referred the truck and driver aside for a more in-depth inspection.
During the inspection, CBP officers probed a box and struck something unexpected. Officers subsequently extracted 288 packages of marijuana in boxes comingled with cucumbers. The marijuana has an estimated street value of approximately $721,000.
The driver was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center pending federal arraignment for charges related to the attempted illegal importation of narcotics.
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.