Second load of cactus contains meth at California border

Second load of cactus contains meth at California border

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa border entry in California found $3.3 million in methamphetamine hidden in crates of cactus pads, the second such discovery in less than a week.

The cactus shipment arrived at the Otay Mesa commercial facility on Aug. 11, four days after officers there found $1.5 million in meth in crates of cactus pads, according to a news release.

During the Aug. 11 inspection, the shipments was referred to the port’s x-ray system. The officers found “anomalies” in the shipment, and referred it to a dock for more thorough exam. A canine team screened the truck and trailer, and alerted to the shipment.

Officers found 1,098 wrapped packages of methamphetamine mixed with the cactus, worth a street value of about $3.3 million, according to the release.
The 48-year-old driver, a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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