OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo facility discovered almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of scrap corrugated cardboard.
On Monday, August 26, at about 1 p.m., a CBP officer inspecting a 1999 Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment of scrap corrugated cardboard referred the conveyance and shipment to the dock for an intensive examination.
While at the dock, CBP officers unloaded the shipment, a canine team screened the shipment and the detector dog alerted to the bundles of scrap cardboard. Officers removed some of the cardboard from the top of a bundle and discovered packages of marijuana within the center.
Officers extracted 305 wrapped packages of marijuana from several bundles, with a street value of about $430,000.
CBP seized the marijuana and conveyance.
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.