US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently discovered hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs hidden in a shipment of goods entering the United States from Mexico.
At 7:45 p.m. on April 28, 2022, officers at the Otay Mesa Freight Station in San Diego, California encountered a 25-year-old Mexican driver attempting to cross the border into the United States with a shipment of gourds.
The driver presented a valid border crossing card. His vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection.
After using the port’s imaging system to scan the truck, a human/narcotics detector dog was brought in to inspect the vehicle. The dog alerted on the squash paddles.
CBP officers inspected the shipment of squash and found 259 packages of methamphetamine and one package of cocaine mixed in with the product.
The total amount of drugs seized by CBP was 552.65 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of about $1.2 million, and 2.78 pounds of cocaine, worth about $39,000. extra dollars.
CBP also seized the truck.
Officers turned the driver over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further processing.
“Our officers are keen to detect unusual behavior and use our advanced technology to find narcotics,” said Anne Maricich, deputy director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “Smugglers will always try creative new ways to smuggle narcotics, but our officers are always prepared for the unexpected.”