• September 26, 2023

They Were Inspecting A Shipment Of Onions, What They Found Was…

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized nearly $3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in small packages within a shipment of onions at a commercial facility in San Diego, the agency said.

Federal officers at the Otay Mesa port-of-entry facility last Sunday encountered a 46-year-old man who was driving a tractor-trailer containing a large shipment “manifested as onions,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a news release Friday.

Sidney Aki, director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement:

“This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I haven’t seen before, but also time consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions.”

During the exam, a K-19 team screened the truck and trailer and alerted officers of the hidden packages.

Officers discovered 1,197 packages of meth, roughly 1,336 pounds. The narcotics are worth an estimated street value of $2.9 million, according to CBP.

Director Aki added:

“These efforts show how effective our officers are, and as a response, the lengths drug trafficking organizations are willing to go to as they try to smuggle narcotics into the U.S. While we have certainly seen narcotics in produce before, it’s unusual for us to see this level of detail in the concealment.”

The driver, whose name was not released, was arrested in connection with narcotics smuggling. The driver was a Mexican citizen and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sources: Breaking911,

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