Otay Mesa, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility on Friday discovered almost 10,000 pounds of marijuana in two separate commercial shipments, with a street value of about $4.9 million.
At about June 29, at about 10 a.m., a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the cargo port driving a tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment of disposable razors. The CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance for a more in-depth examination.
CBP officers ran the conveyance through the port’s imaging system, revealing anomalies with the cargo.
Officers subsequently removed 298 packages of marijuana weighing almost 7,500 pounds that were comingled within the shipment of disposable razors.
CBP officers seized the tractor and trailer, and the marijuana. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested five individuals in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
Later on June 29, at about 7 p.m., a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 2002 International Bobtail entered the commercial port for inspection with a shipment of plastic articles. The CBP officer pulled the driver and conveyance aside for an intensive examination.
CBP officers used the port’s imaging system to screen the cargo and discovered anomalies with the shipment. They extracted 341 packages of marijuana weighing almost 2,253 pounds.
CBP seized the marijuana and conveyance.
The matter remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.