Photo: Pot Seized in Cucumber Shipment
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico cargo facility arrested a man after they discovered 2,791 pounds of marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of cucumbers.
On Thursday, January 17, at about 2 p.m., a 36-year-old Mexican citizen driving a 2007 tractor pulling a trailer entered the port with a shipment manifested as cucumbers. A CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance to the dock for a more in-depth inspection.
After a drug sniffing dog alerted to the boxes of cucumber, officers searched the boxes and found wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with the cucumbers. Officers subsequently found 336 wrapped packages of the narcotic valued at approximately $1.7 million.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.