San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at border crossings between California and Mexico stopped more than a half ton of narcotics from entering the United States over the weekend.
The largest seizure occurred on Saturday morning when CBP officers at the San Ysidro port of entry discovered 373 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment under the truck bed of a Ford F-150. A 49-year-old male Mexican citizen drove the pickup truck to the San Ysidro crossing at about 6:45 a.m. February 6. During inspection, the CBP officer found packages in the bed of the pickup truck, and pulled the truck aside for further inspection. After removing the truck bed liner, officers discovered access panels to a hidden compartment built under the truck bed. Officers found 75 green wrapped packages inside the compartment.
In total, officers throughout Southern California seized 1,060 pounds of marijuana, 86 pounds of methamphetamines, and 75 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $2.45 million.
In addition to these narcotics seizures, officers also stopped 19 persons with warrants for their arrest for various crimes, including burglary, grand theft with a firearm, kidnapping, parole violations, and other offenses.
Officers also stopped 261 inadmissible aliens over the weekend, including persons trying to avoid inspection by hiding in the trunks of cars, persons with counterfeit and altered documents, and imposters attempting to use documents that do not belong to them.
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.