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.
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."
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.