The Cypress Times
January 24, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at crossings along the California/Mexico border seized 620 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $1.3 million, apprehended eight fugitives, and stopped the illegal entry of more than 250 inadmissible aliens.
Last Saturday, Sunday, and Monday CBP officers intercepted 620 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana hidden in various places in vehicles such as in the rocker panels, tires, and bumpers as well as strapped to individual’s bodies.
A large marijuana seizure occurred on Sunday, January 16 about 10 p.m., at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry after an officer noticed anomalies with the tire of a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck. A detector dog alerted to the truck, driven by a 50-year-old male U.S. citizen.
Officers inspected the vehicle and found wrapped packages of marijuana in all four tires. They extracted 20 packages, weighing 182 pounds, valued at almost $110,000. The woman was arrested. CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana.