SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents located some cannabis in a shipment that was “fire.”
Agents at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in Southern California located more than 7,500 pounds of cannabis hidden in a significant shipment that also integrated jalapeño peppers. The cannabis was estimated to be worth about $two.three million.
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this important marijuana load,” Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez stated in a release by the agency. “Not only did they protect against the drugs from reaching our neighborhood, they also prevented millions of dollars of possible profit from producing it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”
Acting CPB Commissioner Mark Morgan echoed Hernandez’s praise of the Otay Mesa agents through Twitter.
Quite proud of our CBP officers in Otay Mesa! Final evening they seized 7,560 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of jalapeno peppers and on Tuesday they seized a further 10,642 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto components. Nicely completed! pic.twitter.com/4EnoDGXWl3
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) August 17, 2019
A canine group patrolling the location 1st identified the jalapeño shipment as a thing investigators need to examine additional. Agents searched the shipment and located 314 individually wrapped packages of cannabis.
The release by CPB stated “a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeño peppers.” It is unclear if the man driving the tractor was conscious of what was inside the shipment or if any arrests had been created.
This comes just after a equivalent bust at the Otay Mesa facility on August 13 exactly where 10,642 pounds of cannabis was located in a shipment of plastic auto components.
Despite the fact that cannabis is legal in California, ports of entry are nevertheless a hotbed for illegal shipments of the drug. Cannabis that tends to make it by way of ports undetected may perhaps finish up in other states or even discover its way to California’s black markets.
California nevertheless contends with a higher quantity of illegal cannabis sales in particular as shoppers are charged quite higher tax prices on recreational purchases. Nearby municipalities have a fair quantity of leeway when setting tax prices on cannabis. When nearby and state charges are combined, some shoppers finish up paying 40 % in taxes on recreational cannabis solutions.