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CBP Officers foil attempt to smuggle 550+ pounds of narcotics in shipment of squash

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo crossing in San Diego found more than 550 pounds of methamphetamine and almost three pounds of cocaine hidden in a squash shipment. 

When CBP officers inspected the shipment, they discovered 259 packages of methamphetamine and one package of cocaine comingled within the produce.

“Our officers are keen at detecting unusual behavior and utilizing our advanced technology to find narcotics,” said Anne Maricich, CBP Deputy Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “Smugglers will always try new, creative methods to smuggle narcotics, but our officers are always prepared for the unexpected.”

The incident occurred on April 28, when a Mexican driver applied for entry into the United States from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Cargo facility. CBP officers seized the truck and narcotics.


Photo source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

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