CBP officer at port of entry
A CBP officer at a San Diego-area port of entry. Courtesy CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties intercepted 3,736 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $13 million last weekend, the agency reported.

From Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16, officers intercepted more than 2,638 pounds of marijuana, 1,093 pounds of methamphetamine, and five pounds of heroin hidden inside vehicles’ floors, doors, cargo, gas tanks and spare tires.

There were three major incidents over the weekend, according to the CBP.

At about 4:20 p.m., on Friday, a CBP officer at the Calexico East port of entry referred a 34-year-old man driving a VW Jetta for further examination. Agents found 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a floor compartment.

A few hours later, a Freightliner truck entered the Otay Mesa cargo facility from Mexico with a shipment that was listed as watermelon and cactus. A CBP officer sent the truck to a dock for more intensive inspection. Agents discovered green wrapped packages of marijuana intermixed with the watermelon. There were 311 packages of marijuana, worth an estimated $10,557,000.

Then on Sunday, at the San Ysidro port of entry, CBP officers encountered 35-year-old man driving a 2004 ford F-150. Officers noticed anomalies in the rear driver’s side door and found 86 wrapped packages of methamphetamine with a street value $273,700.

The drivers were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security agents for further processing.

Chris Jennewein

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