Packages of meth hidden in the shipment. Courtesy CBP

Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday its officers at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility seized 2,450 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a shipment of medical
supplies.

The smuggling incident occurred on Saturday morning when an officer targeted a tractor-trailer for X-ray screening and then unloaded its contents for inspection. A drug sniffing dog indicated the presence of drugs.

Hidden in a pallet with various medical supplies were 120 packages of meth with a street value of $5.5 million.

The truck driver, a 29-year-old Mexican man, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He faces federal charges and was transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

“Most of what CBP officers see every day is legitimate travelers and legitimate cargo that needs to speed its way into the U.S. as a critical part of our economy.” said Anne Maricich, acting director of field operations in San Diego.

“But CBP officers know that we must remain vigilant. Transnational criminal organizations will attempt any avenue they can think of to try and smuggle their illicit drugs into the U.S,” she said.

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Chris Jennewein

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