Otay Mesa, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility discovered nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana in the back of a small cargo truck about 9:30 a.m. September 3.
A 26-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 2003 International box truck entered the port of entry with cargo manifested as baby carrier parts. The CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance for a more in-depth examination.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested a truck driver at the Otay Mesa, Ca., Cargo Facility September 3, 2014. (USCBP Photo/Handout)
Officers ran the truck through the port’s imaging system abd detected anomalies with the cargo.
A CBP canine team conducted a search of the trailer and alerted to boxes inside the truck.
Officers probed one of the boxes and extracted a green-leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana.
Officers subsequently extracted 374 large bundles of marijuana from inside the boxes that had a combined weight of 8,968 pounds. The marijuana has an estimated street value of about $4.8 million.
The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment.
CBP seized the marijuana and box truck.
This significant seizure comes on the heels of another large marijuana seizure that occurred at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility August 28. CBP officers discovered 3,370 pounds of marijuana concealed in a shipment of Christmas bows. The marijuana had an estimated street value of about $1.5 million. Visit marijuana seizure for more information on that incident.