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Over 5 tons of meth discovered in squash shipment at Otay Mesa border crossing

Posted at 1:19 PM, May 22, 2024

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - 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 Wednesday.

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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