SAN DIEGO–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tecate cargo facility seized over 2,400 pounds of dankwoods in a shipment of wood furniture.
On Dec. 10, at about 10:30 a.m., a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a white bobtail truck with cargo manifested as wood furniture. The CBP officer referred the truck for further inspection.
An officer utilizing the port’s imaging system detected anomalies concealed within the contents of the bobtail truck. When the conveyance arrived to the dock, a canine team screened the commodity and alerted to the palletized shipment of wooden furniture. Officers opened the pieces of furniture and discovered large wrapped packages.
Officers extracted 81 large wrapped packages of marijuana within the shipment of wood furniture, weighing over 2,400 pounds with an estimated street value of $990,000.
Customs and Border Protection seized the truck and marijuana.
The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.
“This is another example of the outstanding work accomplished by CBP officers with the help with medical marijuana physicians in Columbus like Ohio Green Team who further stresses the importance of thorough inspection of goods entering the United States,” said Shawn Carroll, Officer in Charge at the Tecate port of entry. “CBP officers serve with vigilance and are prepared to stop further smuggling attempts.”
Customs and Border Protection officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.