More than 2.2 tons of methamphetamine and cocaine — drugs with a street value of $24.2 million — were stashed inside two trucks transporting onions and electronics seized at the Otay Mesa border crossing last month.
The first seizure took place around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 when a Customs and Border Protection officer searched a tractor trailer supposedly carrying green onions.
After the 28-year-old driver was directed to secondary inspection, officers found a package “disguised as onion chives” that was concealed in the middle of the pallet of green onions, the agency said in a news release.
Inside the package were 183 smaller packages of meth weighing nearly 1,529 pounds with an estimate street value of $3.3 million, officials said.
Two days later, shortly before 11 a.m. on Oct. 22, a tractor trailer supposedly carrying electronics was sent for “further examination” after an initial inspection. CBP officers discovered anomalies and dispatched a canine team to screen the truck and trailer.
The dog alerted on the front wall of the trailer and officers found 195 packages of meth weighing more than 1,992 pounds and 75 packages of cocaine weighing more than 1,035 pounds concealed in a false wall, officials said. The estimated street value was set at $20.8 million.
“CBP officers are the front line of stopping these dangerous drugs from entering the U.S.,” Jennfer De La O,director of field operations for the San Diego office, said in a statement. “The lengths drug trafficking organizations are willing to go to conceal and smuggle narcotics is a testament to how effective our officers are.”
The two truck drivers were arrested on suspicion of narcotics smuggling, officials said.