SAN DIEGO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calif. ports of entry stopped 13 drug smuggling attempts over the weekend and seized $2.6 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin. Also, officers arrested 16 people on outstanding warrants.
One smuggling incident occurred shortly after midnight, on Jan. 30 when a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen was referred for a further inspection at the Otay Mesa port of entry. A CBP officer inspected the seats of the vehicle and noticed the backrests felt too hard. Upon a closer inspection the officer removed 11 packages of cocaine with a total weight of 30.95 pounds.
Later that day after 1 p.m., a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the Otay Mesa Cargo facility driving a tractor trailer. After conducting an x-ray of the vehicle officers noticed an anomaly and referred the truck to the intensive dock for an in-depth inspection. The officer’s inspection resulted in finding 14 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the tractor cabin. The methamphetamine weighed a total of 15.29 pounds.
On Saturday at 7 a.m., a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the Calexico West port of entry riding a scooter motorcycle. Officers escorted the man to a secondary inspection area after a narcotic detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle. Upon a closer inspection, CBP officers removed the tires and discovered these had been filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed a total of 15.09 pounds.
Later that day at 6:50 p.m., Officers encountered a 31-year-old female U.S. citizen as she entered the San Ysidro pedestrian port of entry. CBP officers referred her for a closer inspection. After a patdown the female removed from her genital cavity a package that yielded one-eighth of a pound of heroin.
In each of the incidents, the drivers were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.
Throughout the weekend CBP officers also detained and arrested 16 people that had active warrants for their arrest at the various ports of entry. Warrants included probation violations, burglary, drug offences, vehicle theft and fraud. These individuals were turned over to the agencies that issued the warrants.
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.