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CBP Officers Find more than 1,600 Pounds of Marijuana Comingled with Cucumbers

Release Date: 
May 13, 2013

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.


Marijuana package comingled with 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.

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February 9, 2017