Feds Snag 5-Plus Tons of Meth in Squash Shipment at Border

Feds Snag 5-Plus Tons of Meth in Squash Shipment at Border

Trucks line up to cross the border with the United States at Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico on Jan. 22, 2018. (Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images)

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City News Service

5/23/2024

Updated: 5/23/2024

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SAN DIEGO—Federal officers staffing Otay Mesa Port of Entry this week uncovered a haul of more than five tons of methamphetamine concealed in a shipment of squash, authorities reported May 22.
The tractor-trailer carrying the illicit drug load entered the international processing facility at the U.S.-Mexico line about 6:45 a.m. Monday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
During an examination of the big rig with electronic scanning equipment, CBP personnel discovered suspicious “irregularities” and called for a search of the contents with a service dog, the federal agency reported. During that process, officers discovered 1,419 packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 11,469 pounds hidden amid the produce, according to authorities.
Agents arrested the driver of the truck, a valid border-crossing cardholder, and seized the narcotics, which had an estimated street value of $18.4 million. The suspect’s name was not released.
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