5 a.m., April 16
Fishy way of hiding drug shipment
On Monday (August 19), a 30-year-old Mexican national driving a bobtail truck carrying a load of frozen fish was stopped at the Otay Mesa border crossing. An imaging system at the secondary inspection area found “anomalies” in the truck’s fish containers, and opened them, finding 173 bundles of marijuana hidden under a layer of fish.
The total haul, weighing in at 1365 pounds, was valued by officers at $614,000. The driver, truck, and load were all taken into custody.
Meanwhile, officers at the San Ysidro crossing were busy with a 22-year-old U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle 24 packages of methamphetamine valued at $2.3 million in the tires of his pickup truck. This gentleman was also arrested.
The next day, agents working a checkpoint along Highway 86 near El Centro in the Imperial Valley stopped a 22-year-old woman driving a purple Chevrolet Malibu. When a narcotics-sniffing dog alerted around the driver’s seat of her vehicle, agents searched the woman (also subsequently arrested) and found 2.4 pounds of heroin valued at $75,000 stuffed into her shoes and in sacks taped to her stomach.
More like this:
- Migrants found in refrigerated truck traveling through Imperial Valley — March 29, 2013
- 184 pounds of marijuana carried across border on foot in Imperial Valley — March 7, 2013
- Border Patrol seizes cocaine, heroin, meth in North County — Jan. 18, 2013
- Synchronized Smugglers? — Jan. 30, 2010
- Trees of Life — Nov. 26, 1997