Mexican Trucker Caught Smuggling $8.4 MILLION Load With a Hint of Lime

Otay Mesa, CA – A Mexican trucker was arrested last week at the Otay Mesa Cargo port of entry after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered a bit more than a shipment of limes.

The seizure occurred on Monday, June 4 at approximately 4 p.m.

CBP reports officers encountered a 74-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a tractor pulling a trailer carrying a shipment of limes.


A CBP officer referred the truck and shipment for a more in-depth examination.

CBP officers then conducted a search of the trailer.

They quickly identified “anomalies” within the boxes of limes before a CBP officer extracted a “green leafy substance” from one of the boxes.

The specimen field-tested positive for marijuana.

Officers discovered 468 large wrapped packages containing more than 11,000 lbs. of marijuana, with a street value of approximately $8.4 million.


CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer, cargo shipment and marijuana.

The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Last month, a U.S. trucker caught transporting 30 lbs. of narcotics in his semi-truck admitted he was being paid over $13,000 for the transport.

Read more about his story HERE.



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