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Border officers found 43K pounds, $92M worth of drugs in June, CBP says

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 21:56:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says officers seized more than 43,000 pounds of drugs at California ports of entry in June.

Across six ports of entry along California's border with Mexico, CBP says officers stopped attempts to smuggle 34,685 lbs. of marijuana, 7,661 lbs. of methamphetamine, 635 lbs. of cocaine, 166 lbs. of heroin, and 165 lbs. of fentanyl in June. The total street value of the narcotics is more than $92 million.

The narcotics were found strapped to individuals' bodies and hidden in areas of vehicles, like gas tanks, trunks, seats, and quarter panels, according to CBP.

"These are impressive results and no matter what is occurring in the country, CBP officers remain vigilant," said San Diego CBP Director of Field Operations, Pete Flores. "CBP officers’ determination and instincts led to the confiscation of these drugs to keep our country safe."

CBP says some of the most significant seizures included:

  • June 4: 11,000 lbs. of marijuana in a shipment of limes seized at the Otay Mesa cargo Port of Entry
  • June 8: 43 lbs. of fentanyl pills and meth hidden in the quarter panels and trunk of a vehicle at the Andrade Port of Entry
  • June 17: Nearly 21,000 lbs. of marijuana discovered in a shipment of electronics at the Otay Mesa cargo facility
  • June 24: 134 lbs. of meth found in doors, quarter panels, and gas tank of a vehicle at the Calexico West Port of Entry
  • June 24: 104 lbs. of cocaine found hidden in a compartment behind the backseats of a vehicle at the San Sedro Port of Entry