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.
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.
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.