The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California border with Mexico have seized more than 43,000 pounds of drugs in the month of June, CBP said.
The more than 43,000 pounds of drugs have a street value of almost $92 million, CBP said.
The CBP officers at the six land ports of entry stopped numerous attempts to smuggle 34,685 pounds of marijuana, 7,661 pounds of methamphetamine, 635 pounds of cocaine, 166 pounds of heroin, and 165 pounds of fentanyl. The drugs were either strapped to smugglers’ bodies, and were secreted in various areas of vehicles such as the gas tank, trunk, seats, and quarter panels, CBP said.
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“These are impressive results and no matter what is occurring in the country, CBP officers remain vigilant,” San Diego CBP Director of Field Operations, Pete Flores. “CBP officers’ determination and instincts led to and confiscation of these drugs to keep our country safe.”
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The agency also pointed out significant interceptions that were made in June. On June 4 at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry, CBP officers seized 11,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of limes. There were 468 large wrapped packages of marijuana. Also at the Otay Mesa cargo facility on June 17, CBP officers seized almost 21,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of electronics.