Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility in San diego seized over $10 million worth of hard narcotics hidden in a shipment of jalapeno paste last week.
A statement from the CBP said on Dec. 13 officers encountered a 28-year-old male driving a tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested as jalapeno paste. The driver, who CBP said is a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and its cargo..
In the secondary inspection area, a CBP K-9 unit screened the shipment and alerted officers to examine the trailer more closely.
Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered and extracted a total of 349 suspicious packages from vats of jalapeno paste, according to the CBP. The contents of the packages were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a weight of 3,161.43 pounds and cocaine with a weight of 522.50 pounds.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and tractor-trailer while the driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $10,430,000.
In November, the San Diego Field Office, conducting security operations at California’s land ports of entry, seized a total of more than 14,000 pounds of narcotics.