U.S. Customs and Border Protection found more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana “comingled” in a shipment of wood furniture wrapped in 81 wrapped packages with a street value of $990,000.
CBP officers assigned to the Tecate cargo facility seized over 2,400 pounds of marijuana comingled in a shipment of wood furniture.“This is another example of the outstanding work accomplished by CBP officers and further stresses the importance of thorough inspection of goods entering the United States,” said Shawn Carroll, Officer in Charge at the Tecate port of entry. “CBP officers serve with vigilance and are prepared to stop further smuggling attempts.”
On Dec. 10, at about 10:30 a.m., a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a white bobtail truck with cargo manifested as wood furniture. The CBP officer referred the truck for further inspection.
CBP officers extracted 81 large wrapped packages of marijuana comingled within the shipment of wood furniture, weighing over 2,400 pounds with an estimated street value of $990,000.A CBP officer utilizing the port’s imaging system detected anomalies concealed within the contents of the bobtail truck. When the conveyance arrived to the dock, a CBP canine team screened the commodity and alerted to the palletized shipment of wooden furniture. CBP officers opened the pieces of furniture and discovered large wrapped packages.
CBP officers extracted 81 large wrapped packages of marijuana commingled within the shipment of wood furniture, weighing over 2,400 pounds with an estimated street value of $990,000.
CBP seized the truck and marijuana.
The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.