San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings stopped twelve narcotic smuggling attempts in a 24-hour period Thursday, including three incidents involving persons attempting to walk across the border with narcotics strapped to their bodies.
The twelve attempts took place between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. today. CBP officers seized a total of 763 pounds of narcotics, including marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine. The drugs had an estimated street value of $1.16 million.
At about 7 a.m. Thursday, a narcotic detector dog alerted to a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Tijuana, walking through the San Ysidro port of entry. Officers discovered three packages of marijuana weighing almost four pounds taped to his sides and back.
Less than 15 minutes later, a canine officer sweeping the pedestrian area of the busy port stopped after his narcotic detector dog alerted to a 30-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Tijuana. Officers found two packages of marijuana weighing about four and a half pounds strapped to her body.
Later, shortly after midnight, officers at San Ysidro stopped a 16-year-old female U.S. citizen, and resident of Chula Vista, Calif., when she entered the U.S. through the pedestrian area of the port. Officers found two packages of marijuana in her shoes, two packages in her bra, and a fifth package strapped around her stomach. In total, the marijuana weighed almost two and a half pounds.
In each case, the alleged smuggler was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and booked into a local jail or Juvenile Hall.
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.