U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than two tons of methamphetamine hidden in pallets of radishes at a California border crossing. It is the second time in two days that such a discovery was made at California border crossings from Mexico.
CBP officers assigned to the Calexico Port of Entry on January 31 encountered a tractor-trailer approaching for entry inspection from Mexico into California. The driver presented a manifest indicating a shipment of radishes, according to a statement released by CBP late last week.
The officer referred the driver of the tractor-trailer, a 24-year-old male from Mexico, to the secondary inspection station. Officers carried out a non-intrusive inspection after which a K-9 inspection was requested.
The K-9 alerted CBP officers to the possible presence of narcotics hidden in the pallets of radishes, the statement reports.
During a physical search of the trailer, CBP officers found 1,590 packages that tested positive for methamphetamine. The load of meth weighed 4,563 pounds, officers reported.