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CBP Officers Foil Suspected Smuggler's Attempt to Hide Marijuana Among Aluminum Scrap Cans

Release Date: 
July 13, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers foiled a suspected smuggler's attempt to bring 680 pounds of marijuana through the Otay Mesa cargo facility. Officers discovered the marijuana, valued at nearly $340,000, hidden inside large sacks holding aluminum scrap cans.

At around 1:10 p.m., July 12, CBP officers encountered the driver of a 1996 Ford Bobtail truck hauling aluminum scrap cans. Officers referred the man, a 44-year-old Mexican national, for a more intensive inspection of the cargo.

CBP officers find anomalies in sacks and find large plastic bags inside.

CBP officers find anomalies in sacks and find large plastic bags inside.

Officers inspected the truck using non-intrusive imaging technology and discovered anomalies with the cargo. A CBP canine team was summoned to the truck where the narcotic detector dog alerted to the sacks.

CBP officers probed the sacks and discovered several large plastic bags hidden inside the sacks of aluminum cans. The plastic bags held 13 bundles of marijuana that weighed 680 pounds.

CBP seized the truck and marijuana and turned over the suspected smuggler to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pete Flores, San Diego CBP assistant director for trade said, "I am proud of the work our men and women do each and every day at our ports of entry by stemming the flow of drugs into the country while maintaining the flow of legitimate commerce."

Last week, CBP officers seized more than 6,400 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3 million from several tractor trailers carrying drugs concealed within concrete tables and benches and inside boxes of produce.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017