US Customs and Border Protection officers in California discovered more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin concealed in toolboxes that were being transported to the United States.
On April 1, federal agents working at the Tecate port of entry encountered a 56-year-old man, the driver of a 2006 Toyota Tundra, who was waiting in line to enter the country, Customs and Privacy said Friday. Borders (CBP) in a press release.
CBP officers returned the vehicle for further examination and during an inspection they “extracted a total of 94 packages of narcotics from the underside and interior of several tool boxes on the bed of the vehicle”, says the press release.
The narcotics were tested and confirmed to be cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin with a combined weight of around 415 pounds, according to the agency. Officers seized the vehicle and the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $2.56 million, CBP said.
“This interception is a true testament to the diligence of our frontline CBP officers,” said Rosa Hernandez, port of entry manager for Otay Mesa. “Our officers continue to remain vigilant and prevent illicit narcotics from poisoning our local communities.”
Officers arrested the driver in the alleged drug smuggling attempt and he was handed over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) for further processing, the official said. CBP.
The driver, an unidentified Mexican citizen with a valid lawful permanent resident document, was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego.