Ken Leighton 1 p.m., Sept. 16
SENTRI Pass Holder Caught with $1M in Methamphetamine
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated almost 54 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a 2000 Honda Civic at the Otay Mesa border crossing on Wednesday, January 11. The vehicle was driven by a 30-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Tijuana who had been cleared as a participant in SENTRI, a program designed to reduce screening and travel times for trusted and frequent border-crossers.
On routine screening, however, the driver was referred to secondary inspection, where a scan of the vehicle using an imaging system revealed anomalies. Officers then pulled 36 wrapped packages of meth from the door panels, quarter panels, and spare tire. The total value of the confiscated drugs was estimated at $1 million.
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