Border agents find $4M worth of pot hidden in cargo

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OTAY MESA, Calif – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Otay Mesa cargo port found marijuana with an estimated street value of $4 million hidden in a cargo shipment, officials announced Monday.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A driver crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with a cargo shipment marked as “signaling lights accessories” at 6:30 p.m. Friday was referred to the x-ray examination area, authorities said.

An anomaly was found and an officer opened a box labeled “mecanico” finding a plastic-wrapped package.

Officers soon discovered 295 packages hidden inside the boxes, containing 6,624 pounds of pot.

The driver was a 43-year-old Mexican citizen with a valid border crossing card, according to border officials. He was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security.

“My officers not only need to enforce typical import and export laws, but also need to be vigilant for smuggling attempts like this,” said Otay Mesa Cargo Port Director Rosa Hernandez.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Customs and Border Protection officers  seized the tractor, trailer, cargo shipment and narcotics.