San Diego, CA- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro port of entry yesterday discovered 135 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a tow truck.
On Wednesday afternoon, October 12, at about 1:15 p.m., a CBP officer and canine were screening vehicles waiting in line for inspection when his detector dog alerted to a 1999 Chevrolet Flatbed tow truck. The tow truck was driven by a 49-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of La Puente, Calif. The driver and vehicle were escorted out of line for a more in-depth examination.
When CBP officers searched the underside of the truck bed, they noticed the cross beams had been altered. CBP officers searched the cross beams utilizing a fiber optic scope and saw packages.
CBP officers subsequently extracted 56 wrapped packages, in seven of the ten cross beams, that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Street value of the narcotic is $2.7 million.
The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt. CBP seized the vehicle and 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.