SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry on Tuesday seized approximately 2,800 pounds of marijuana with a value of over $1.5 million. The seizure was hidden in a false compartment of a bobtail truck traveling through the port of entry.
At about 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 31, a truck driver arrived at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry and was stopped for inspection. The officers referred the driver to x-ray where anomalies were found in the front wall of the vehicle.
A K9 team was called in for further inspection and a positive alert was found. A preliminary field test confirmed that the packages found were marijuana. CBP officers broke down the false wall and extracted a total of 120 packages with an approximate weight of 2,800 pounds.
The officers seized the marijuana along with the vehicle and turned the driver over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
This incident comes on the heels of several narcotic seizures that took place at ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial Valley County over the weekend.
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.