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CBP Officers Seize Moving Truck Packed with Almost 1,400 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
October 7, 2015

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry Monday arrested a man after they discovered 1,374 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the moving truck he was driving.

Photo of marijuana stuffed inside various moving boxes

Officers offloaded the household goods and boxes from this truck and found 54 large packages of marijuana stuffed in various moving boxes.

On Oct. 5, at about 3 p.m., a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a moving truck with boxes and household goods was waiting in line for inspection.  A CBP canine team was roving the area when the detector dog alerted to the front wall of the truck.  The driver and truck were escorted for an intensive examination.

CBP officers screened the moving truck using the port’s imaging system and found anomalies with the front end of the cargo area.  Officers offloaded the household goods and boxes and found 54 large packages stuffed in various moving boxes.  CBP officers determined the packages contained marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $824,000.

The driver was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

CBP officers seized the moving truck, its entire contents, and the marijuana.

In fiscal year 2014, CBP officers at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico seized 132,075 pounds of marijuana.

Last modified: 
June 26, 2019