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Sharp CBP Officers Intercept Marijuana Hidden Inside Shipment of Cactus Leaves

Release Date: 
November 18, 2013

OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Thursday uncovered 557 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a shipment of cactus leaves.

The incident occurred Nov. 14, at about 7:40 p.m., when officers encountered a 2009 Peterbilt tractor pulling a trailer carrying a shipment of produce.  Officers referred the truck to the dock area for a more in-depth examination.

CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the wooden crates of cactus.  A canine team screened the trailer and received a positive alert from the detector dog, leading officers to the discovery of 167 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside the crates.

A total of 557 pounds of marijuana was offloaded, valued at an estimated $250,650. CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021