Otay Mesa, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry seized cocaine worth $470,000 on Sunday night.
Photo Credit:Photo Courtesy of CBP-Port of Otay Mesa
On October 31, at 9:20 p.m. a team of CBP officers were inspecting vehicles waiting in line at the Otay Mesa border crossing, when a narcotic detector dog alerted to the rear of a 2007 Nissan Altima.
A member of the port of entry's Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) assisted the narcotic detector dog handler to inspect the vehicle his dog had singled out. The officer discovered a specially built compartment in the vehicle's trunk and center console.
CBP officers extracted 18 packages filled with cocaine, with an aggregate weight of 47 pounds.
The officers arrested the driver, a 51-year-old male Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of Compton, Calif.
Officers turned the driver over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for processing. CBP officers seized the vehicle and cocaine.
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.