Nearly 10,000 Pounds of Marijuana Seized at Border
July 3rd 2012 · 12 Comments
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Nearly 10,000 pounds of marijuana worth about $4.9 million was found in two separate commercial shipments at the Otay Mesa cargo facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.
A 33-year-old Mexican national entered the cargo port about 10 a.m. Friday driving a tractor pulling a trailer said to be loaded with a shipment of disposable razors, according to Angelica De Cima of the CBP.
Officers ran the cargo through the port’s imaging system and subsequently removed 298 packages containing nearly 7,500 pounds of marijuana from the shipment of razors, De Cima said.
Officers seized the drugs along with the tractor and trailer. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested five people in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt, De Cima said.
About 7 p.m. Friday, a 31-year-old Mexican man drove a 2002 International Bobtail truck with a shipment of plastic articles into the commercial port. Officers screened the cargo and seized 341 packages filled with 2,253 pounds of marijuana, De Cima said.
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