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Authorities seize nearly $3 million worth of meth from a shipment of onions at the San Diego border crossing

SAN DIEGO — Authorities seized nearly $3 million worth of methamphetamine, hidden in a shipment of onions, while inspecting a tractor-trailer at a federal facility in San Diego, officials said Friday.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted the onion shipment from the trailer on Sunday and officers found nearly 1,200 small packages of methamphetamine, the agency said in a statement Friday. hurry.

The 46-year-old driver, an unnamed Mexican national, was arrested for the alleged narcotics smuggling attempt at the commercial vehicle facility at the Otay Mesa port of entry, officials said.

The methamphetamine packets – more than 1,336 pounds (606 kilograms) – were shaped into small globes with a white cover, the agency said, and meant to blend into onions. The drugs are estimated at $2.9 million on the street.

“It was not only a clever attempt to try to smuggle narcotics, one that I had never seen before, but also to take the time to pack narcotics in these little packages, designed to look like onions,” said CBP field manager Sidney Aki. Operations in San Diego, in the press release. “Although we have certainly seen narcotics in products before, it is unusual for us to see this level of detail in the cover-up.”