Otay Mesa, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Friday discovered 1,623 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a shipment of limes at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 1,600 pounds of marijuana hidden within boxes of limes.
The incident occurred September 6 at about 4:45 p.m., when CBP officers encountered a 47-year-old male driving a 1994 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment of limes. The officer referred the truck to the dock area for a more in-depth examination.
While conducting an intensive inspection of the conveyance, CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the cardboard boxes of limes. A canine team screened the trailer and the detector dog alerted to the limes, leading officers to the discovery of 270 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside the boxes.
A total of 1,623 pounds of marijuana was offloaded, valued at an estimated $730,350.
The driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, Baja California, was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he currently awaits arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.