Mexican Trucker Hauling Spinach Arrested in $1.3 MILLION Meth Smuggling Bust
Otay Mesa, CA – A trucker attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico was arrested this week in a $1.3 million narcotics bust in California.
The drug seizure occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Otay Mesa commercial facility.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents encountered a 49-year-old Mexican citizen driving a semi-truck pulling a trailer with a shipment manifested as fresh spinach.
During the inspection, a CBP officer referred the driver, along with the conveyance, to the port’s X-ray imaging system.
A CBP canine team screened the truck and trailer and the detector dog alerted to the shipment.
CBP officers searched the shipment and discovered 127 wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 580 pounds mixed within boxes of fresh spinach.
Authorities seized the tractor, trailer and narcotics.
“CBP officers continue to expedite legitimate trade and travel without letting their guard down when it comes to protecting our country,” said Rosa Hernandez, port director of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. “We are aggressively combating the flow of illegal narcotics and preventing them to reach our communities.”
CBP officers turned the truck driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who later transported him to the Metropolitan Correction Center in San Diego.
He is expected to face federal charges.