Ton Of Marijuana Found In Hot Sauce Shipment At Calif. Border

View Comments
Photo Galleries

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — It was definitely a spicy find for U.S. Border Patrol agents: a shipment of hot sauce confiscated at the U.S.- Mexico border was found to contain over one ton of marijuana.

The bust came last Friday afternoon at the cargo checkpoint in Otay Mesa, where customs agents decided to take a closer look at the trailer loaded with what had been reported to be hot sauce.

After a border patrol agent detained the driver — a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana — for secondary screening, officers ran the tractor trailer through the port’s x-ray imaging system.

Once they opened the shipment, they found 123 bundles of marijuana among bottles of hot sauce.

Officials said the marijuana has an estimated street value of $1.4 million.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, while agents seized the marijuana, tractor and trailer.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,851 other followers