A view of the San Ysidro Port of Entry with concertina wire. Courtesy San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce

Customs and Border Protection reported Friday its officers seized $3.1 million worth of drugs over two days at ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Over Monday and Tuesday, CBP officers intercepted more than 229 pounds of cocaine, 156 pounds of methamphetamine, 23 pounds of fentanyl and 13 pounds of heroin. The narcotics were hidden inside various vehicles and a commercial bus in glove boxes, seats, firewalls, gas tanks and quarter panels.

“Seizing these 400 plus pounds of narcotics is not only about keeping drugs out of our communities,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego, “it’s also about keeping millions of dollars in profits away from transnational criminal organizations, and preventing the ensuing crime and chaos they cause on both sides of the border.”

The three most significant apprehensions were:

  • Monday, 2 p.m., San Ysidro — A 45-year-old Mexican man driving a commercial bus crossed the border and was pulled aside for a more in-depth investigation. Officers discovered 61 wrapped packages of narcotics in the gas tank.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Calexico East — A CBP officer referred a Ford Fiesta sedan driven by a 23-year-old U.S. man for a more intensive inspection. Officers discovered 73 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden under the rear backseat, firewall, glove box, and quarter panels.
  • Tuesday, 6:55 p.m., Calexico West — A 35-year-old Mexican man driving a silver 2006 Honda Civic was referred for inspection. Officers found 50 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the quarter panels.

In each case, the drivers were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for prosecution and the vehicles were impounded.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.