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CBP Officers Uncover Marijuana Hidden Inside Shipment of Limes

Release Date: 
September 10, 2013

OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Friday discovered 1,623 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a shipment of limes at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.


Marijuana hidden in a box of limes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 1,600 pounds of marijuana hidden within boxes of limes.

The incident occurred September 6 at about 4:45 p.m., when CBP officers encountered a 47-year-old male driving a 1994 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment of limes. The officer referred the truck to the dock area for a more in-depth examination.

While conducting an intensive inspection of the conveyance, CBP officers utilized the port's imaging system and detected anomalies within the cardboard boxes of limes. A canine team screened the trailer and the detector dog alerted to the limes, leading officers to the discovery of 270 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside the boxes.

A total of 1,623 pounds of marijuana was offloaded, valued at an estimated $730,350.

The driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, Baja California, was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he currently awaits arraignment.

CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017