Los Angeles – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 12,000 pounds (5,500 kilograms) of marijuana inside a shipment of papaya that was trying to enter through the Otay-Mesa border port and would have a value of 27 million dollars, the agency reported Wednesday.
The discovery of the shipment was made last Monday afternoon when a 50-year-old Mexican citizen arrived at the Otay-Mesa port of entry driving a truck carrying a trailer that was allegedly carrying fresh papayas, CBP said in a statement.
CPB’s first inspection agent sent the driver for a second check, where an X-ray system was used to check the cargo.
During the second inspection, abnormalities were identified and a more extensive review was carried out, which included the use of trained dogs to detect narcotics.
The review found 873 packages of marijuana mixed with the papayas that would have had a street value of $ 27 million, the agency specified.
“CBP officers are on the lookout to detain those who intend to harm our communities and on the border as they attempt to enter the United States,” Anne Maricich, acting director of CBP field operations, said in the statement. in San Diego.
The driver was stopped by federal agents and is in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in San Diego.
In August of last year, CBP intercepted in San Diego and Imperial Valley counties, on the California border with Mexico, more than 61 million dollars in narcotics during a weekend.
The shipment contained 668 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a cactus shipment and nearly 15,000 pounds of marijuana in what was supposed to be a shipment of limes.