San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at ports of entry in San Diego County seized 5,082 pounds of narcotics valued at $3.2 million within 24 hours.
From yesterday at 6 a.m. through 6 a.m. Friday morning, CBP officers at the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Tecate ports of entry intercepted marijuana, cocaine, and heroin smuggling attempts in conveyances, as they entered the United States.
The largest seizure occurred last night at the Otay Mesa cargo facility at about 6:15 p.m. when a 46-year-old Ensenada man entered the port driving a 2004 Kenworth Tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as peppers and green beans.
An officer developed information that prompted him to refer the conveyance to the dock for a secondary examination.
While at the dock, officers probed the merchandise and noticed packages. Officers subsequently discovered 315 large packages of marijuana commingled with the produce, weighing 3,877 pounds.
Officers at the Tecate port of entry yesterday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. discovered 769 pounds of marijuana in a big rig loaded with beach pebbles. The driver, a 25-year-old Tecate man, entered the port with cargo in a 1995 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer and was sent to the dock for further inspection.
During the secondary inspection, a detector dog alerted to the pallets containing the pebbles.
Officers found 35 wrapped packages of marijuana inside with the pebbles.
Also on Thursday at 2:20 p.m. at the San Ysidro border station, officers encountered a 37-year-old male U.S. citizen from Temecula, Calif., when he entered the port driving a 1991 Dodge pickup truck. A detector dog and x-ray screening alerted officers to the rear cargo area of the vehicle. Officers discovered a non-factory compartment six inches above the original truck bed where they extracted 48 packages of marijuana weighing 297 pounds.
In all three cases, the driver was arrested and CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.
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.