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CBP Stops Drugs, Fugitives and Illegal Entry Attempts

Release Date: 
March 15, 2011

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border seized more than 1,300 pounds of narcotics, stopped more than 200 illegal aliens, and caught 12 fugitives with active warrants for their arrest this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, CBP officers seized approximately 406 pounds of cocaine, 18 pounds of heroin, 863 pounds of marijuana, and 55 pounds of methamphetamine.

Cocaine and meth concealed inside wooden door.

CBP officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility found 106 packages of cocaine and methamphetamine concealed inside these wooden doors.

The largest narcotic seizure of the weekend occurred just before noon on Saturday, March 12, at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.

A tractor-trailer arrived with a shipment of four wooden doors, and a CBP officer referred the truck for a more intensive inspection. During an x-ray scan, a CBP officer detected an anomaly with the shipment; officers offloaded the shipment for inspection.

Officers found 106 packages of narcotics: 101 packages of cocaine weighing about 254 pounds and five packages of methamphetamine, weighing about seven pounds.

CBP officers stopped more than 200 people attempting to enter the country illegally through the port of entry, either by using altered or counterfeit documents, acting as imposters to legitimate documents that did not belong to them, or attempting to avoid inspection altogether, such as by hiding in the trunk of a vehicle.

CBP officers also stopped 12 persons this weekend with active warrants for their arrest, for forgery, perjury, burglary, assault, dangerous drug offenses and other offenses.

"This weekend is representative of the constant challenges we face, securing the border," said Chris Maston, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. "Our officers stop fugitives from entering our communities, dangerous drugs from being smuggled across the border, and countless other illegal acts. I am extremely proud of their hard work and successes."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017