Nearly 4 tons of marijuana discovered inside a shipment of jalapeños from Mexico to US
SAN DIEGO — A shipment of jalapeños from Mexico to the U.S. proved to be carrying more than just a spicy kick when Border Patrol agents found nearly 4 tons of marijuana hidden in the cargo.
The discovery was made Thursday, Aug. 15, when a truck driver was flagged for a secondary inspection at the Otay Mesa border crossing in California.
During the inspection, a K-9 team alerted officers to the peppers, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The federal agency didn’t say why the driver, a 37-year-old man who is a Mexican citizen, was initially flagged for a secondary inspection.
Inside the pallets of peppers, officers discovered more than 300 green packages that field-tested for marijuana. Officials estimated the seized drugs were worth $2.3 million.
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Rosa Hernandez, Otay Mesa port director in the press release. “Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”
There was no word on potential criminal charges against the truck’s driver.
Thursday’s bust followed a seizure of more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts that occurred Aug. 13 at the same cargo facility.