The Otay Mesa port of entry was the scene of a massive drug bust by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who uncovered $5 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in two separate incidents earlier this month.
According to reports, officers found the drugs concealed in two tractor trailers. Per Fox 5 San Diego, “Around 8:53 p.m. on Sept. 12, CBP officers encountered a 25-year-old Mexican citizen driving a tractor trailer while seeking entry into the U.S. from Mexico. During initial inspection, CBP says officer referred the driver and tractor trailer for further examination.” With a total weight of 663.15 pounds, officers extracted 25 5-gallon buckets of the liquid drug.
Days later on Sept. 15, CBP officers encountered a 33-year-old man Mexican citizen who was driving a trailer containing cucumbers. Upon inspection of the trailer’s contents, “CBP officers discovered 146 packages concealed within the shipment of cucumbers. The packages were tested and identified as cocaine with a total weight of 401.68 pounds.”
The estimated street value of the combined narcotics is $5,367,525.