Tons of marijuana in load of peppers stopped at border
The Customs and Border Protection seized almost four tons of marijuana in a truck hauling jalapenos at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.
The marijuana, worth about $2.3 million, was seized along with the truck Aug. 15, according to a news release from the Customs and Border Protection.
A 37-year-old Mexican citizen entered the port with the semi and trailer and was referred to a secondary inspection. A canine alerted officers to possible contraband on the shipment of palletized jalapenos, and they found 314 large packages of marijuana weighing 7,560 pounds co-mingled with the peppers, according to the release.
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez said in the release. “Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”