OTAY MESA, Calif.Â Â â€” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa Cargo Port of Entry seized almost four tons of marijuana last week hidden in a cargo shipment.
â€œMy officers used tools at their disposal to find and seize this large shipment, potentially taking millions of dollars from a criminal organization,â€ Otay Mesa Cargo Port Director Rosa Hernandez said.Â â€œNot only do they enforce typical import and export laws, but they are also vigilant for smuggling attempts like this,” she added.
At approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, CBP officers encountered a tractor pulling a trailer that entered the cargo facility carrying a manifested shipment of â€œelectronics.â€Â The CBP officer conducting the inspection referred the truck and shipment for an x-ray examination.
While the conveyance was in line to be x-rayed, a CBP officer with a human-narcotic detector dog screened the truck, and the canine alerted to the trailer.
During the x-ray exam, CBP officers identified an anomaly and sent the truck and shipment to the dock for a more intensive examination. Officers opened the trailer and found boxes containing more boxes with plastic-wrapped packages. In total, officers found 319 packages hidden inside the boxes, containing about 7,600 pounds of marijuana. The estimated value is approximately $3.8 million.
CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer, cargo shipment and narcotics.