Mexican Trucker Busted Despite ‘Clever and Unusual’ Attempt to Smuggle $3 MILLION in Drugs
Otay Mesa, CA — A Mexican trucker was arrested this week after an inspection at the U.S. border resulted in the discovery of more than 1,300 pounds of narcotics.
The massive drug bust occurred on Sunday, February 2o, at the Otay Mesa commercial facility.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said agents, at approximately 1 p.m., encountered a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of onions and driven by a 46-year-old Mexican citizen.
The vehicle was then referred for a secondary inspection.
During the exam, a CBP canine team screened the truck and trailer and the detector dog alerted to the conveyance.
CBP agents then searched the shipment and discovered 1,197 packages of methamphetamine mixed with the onions in sacks.
Investigators said the packages of narcotics were specifically designed to blend in with the onions because they were “shaped into small globes with a white covering.”
Agents extracted approximately 1,336 pounds of meth which CBP estimated to be worth almost $3 million.
CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego Sidney Aki commented it is “unusual” for agents to encounter this much attention to detail on the part smugglers.
“This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I haven’t seen before, but also time consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions,” said Director Aki. “These efforts show the lengths drug trafficking organizations are willing to go to as they try to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.”
CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer, and narcotics.
The truck driver is expected to be charged in the incident.