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CBP Thwarts Fourth Large Smuggling Attempt this Week

Release Date: 
July 8, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers continue to defeat drug smuggling attempts at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico. Wednesday CBP officers uncovered nearly 400 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $200,000 from the tires of a tractor trailer attempting to enter the country.

At around 3:35 p.m., an empty tractor trailer pulling a flatbed approached CBP officers at the Otay Mesa port cargo facility.

Anomalies in the tire drew CBP officers attention, resulting in the discovery of marijuana bundles hidden within.

CBP officers at Otay Mesa found 400 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the tires on a tractor-trailer.

Officers inspected the truck and discovered anomalies with the four inner rear tires of the tractor and summoned a CBP canine team to the truck. The narcotic detector dog alerted to the tires which subsequently led officers to investigate further.

Officers removed the tires and discovered 40 packages of marijuana hidden inside. CBP seized the tractor trailer and drugs and turned over the driver, a 39-year-old Mexican male, to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Early in the week, CBP officers seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $2.8 million dollars from several tractor trailers carrying drugs concealed within concrete tables and benches, and inside boxes of produce.

Paul Morris, San Diego CBP director of field operations said, "Keeping these drugs out of our country not only denies criminal organizations the money they gain from the sale of these drugs to support their operations but also keeps our communities safer."

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017