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.