OTAY MESA, Calif. – A shipment of limes were confiscated by US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility after 270 wrapped packages of marijuana were found inside, authorities announced Monday.
CBP officers examined a 1994 Kenworth tractor with a trailer packed with a shipment of limes on Friday around 4:45 p.m.
An intensive inspection using the port’s imaging system detected anomalies within the cardboard boxes of limes and detector dogs alerted officers to the cargo, CBP said.
According to officers, more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $730,350 was concealed inside the fruit shipment.
The driver, a 47-year-old man from Tijuana, was arrested and transported to Metropolitan Correctional Center, CBP said.