Arrested for attempting to cross methamphetamine between nopales at Otay Mesa border crossing

Using an x-ray imaging system, agents identified anomalies within the shipment

Photo by: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the second methamphetamine package seizure this week.

The recent event occurred on Tuesday, August 11, when, like the previous incident, methamphetamine was found in a shipment of nopal, this time totaling 1,464 pounds of the drug.

This confiscation made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, took place in the commercial facilities of Otay Mesa at 5:00 p.m., according to the statement.


"They found the driver of a 48-year-old tractor pulling a trailer with a package manifesting itself as a cactus. During the inspection, the CBP officer referred the driver along with the transport to the port's X-ray imaging system," which identified anomalies within the package and sent the truck and trailer to the dock for further examination.

Once this review was done, a total of 1,098 wrapped packages of methamphetamine were discovered among the nopal boxes, with an estimated value of $3.3 million dollars.

In response, Officer in Charge Joseph Misenhelter said, "An example of our layered approach: initial detection, use of non-intrusive technology, canine screening and physical examination all play an important role in how we keep the United States safe".

The driver of that shipment was turned over by CBP to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and then transferred to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in San Diego, with federal charges.

CBP officials confiscated the tractor, trailer and narcotics.



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