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Layer of meth found in shipment of green onions at California border

2.2 tons of hard narcotics worth $24 million seized in two days

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Smugglers used plastic bags with printed images of scallions to hide methamphetamine in a shipment of… scallions.

The drugs were at the bottom of a product shipment that arrived on the afternoon of October 20 at the Otay Mesa commercial facility in San Diego.

US Customs and Border Protection said officers found 183 packages of methamphetamine in a pallet believed to be green onions.

CBP said the methamphetamine weighed 1,529 pounds and had an estimated street value of $3.3 million.

CBP officers discovered 195 packages of methamphetamine and 75 packages of cocaine concealed in a non-factory built false wall of a tractor-trailer on October 22, 2022, at the Otay Mesa commercial facility in San Diego. (CBP).

The huge drug bust was the first of two in two days at the California port of entry.

Less than 48 hours later, officers found anomalies when they x-rayed a tractor-trailer believed to be carrying only electronics.

Upon further examination, a drug-sniffing dog alerted border agents to a false wall in front of the trailer.

CBP officers found 195 packages (1,993 pounds) of methamphetamine and 75 packages (1,037 pounds) of cocaine. The drugs had an estimated street value of $20.8 million.

“CBP officers are on the front lines of keeping these dangerous drugs out of the United States,” said Jennifer De La O, CBP’s director of field operations for the San Diego field office. “The efforts drug trafficking organizations are prepared to make to conceal and smuggle narcotics is testament to the effectiveness of our agents.”

The two drivers, described only as men in their twenties, face charges of attempted drug trafficking. CBP turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and seized the vehicles and drugs.


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