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CBP Officers in San Diego Seize $2.7 Million Worth of Methamphetamine

Release Date: 
October 13, 2011

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.

Tow truck in which CBP officers seized methamphetamine with a street value of $2.7 million.

Tow truck in which CBP officers seized methamphetamine with a street value of $2.7 million.

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 seized methamphetamine with a street value of $2.7 million concealed in the altered cross beams on the underside of the truck bed.

CBP officers seized methamphetamine with a street value of $2.7 million concealed in the altered cross beams on the underside of the truck bed.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017