SAN DIEGO (CBS) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the California border crossings found more than 950 pounds of narcotics hidden in vehicle dashboards, gas tanks, secret compartments, spare tires, tail gates, and other locations.

Authorities said the estimated street value of the drugs was more than $1.7 million.

“We know that drug trafficking organizations will try to conceal narcotics anywhere they think is hidden and inaccessible,” said Chris Maston, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.

“CBP officers are extremely well-trained and use the tools at their disposal to ensure that we find illegal contraband, no matter where it might be hidden,” he added.

At about 3:15 a.m. on Friday, a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen, driving a blue 1988 Mitsubishi pickup truck, was stopped at the San Ysidro port of entry.

CBP officers examined the vehicle and found 64 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of about 106 pounds, hidden in the sides of the truck bed, in the tail gate, and in the vehicle quarter panels.

At about 3 p.m. on Friday, a 28-year-old male U.S. citizen, driving a 1996 Ford Explorer, was stopped at the San Ysidro port of entry.

While the driver was waiting in the lanes of traffic to approach the inspection booth, a CBP officer with a narcotic detector dog screened the vehicle, and the canine alerted. CBP officers inspected the vehicle and found 19 packages of methamphetamine hidden under the floor of the vehicle, weighing about 27 pounds.

At about 3:15 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old female U.S. citizen, driving a 1994 Nissan Maxima, was stopped at the San Ysidro border crossing.

While the driver was talking with the CBP officer during her inspection, CBP officers found eight packages of marijuana, weighing almost 13 pounds, hidden inside the vehicle’s dashboard.

At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, a 28-year-old female U.S. citizen, driving a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero, was stopped at the San Ysidro port of entry.

A CBP officer removed 17 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of almost 85 pounds, from the spare tire.

In each incident, CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Comments (22)
  1. Phiilip says:

    This is a regular, daily occurence on the border. Alwasy interesting, but not particularly unusual.

    1. Arpaio says:

      It’s amazing the lack of respect for U.S. laws these Mexicans have. Even the achor babies trying to pull this off.

      1. Pamela says:

        if u read Most of them are US citizens

      2. Really? says:

        Anchor babies are US Citizens…And yes they are probably pulling it off.

      3. ME says:


    2. Gordon says:

      Marijuana is not a narcotic, it is a drug true, but narcotics by definition are opium based. Meth is a stimulant, it too is not a narcotic.
      Heroin is a narcotic.

      1. Joe says:

        No matter how you describe it, it’s illegal!! You have probably used too much and your brain dead.!! Totally ignorant. You probably rode the short buss to school!!

  2. jaybee says:

    And then all the ones who make it through going this way sell there stash and put the money back the other way. To the tune of 20% of everybodies Friday paycheck? A) Nobody correlates the constant ongoing recession to this torpedo sized hole in the the side of the destroyer called USA. B) in addition to neighborhoods and schools filling up with all Mexicans – All that money going down to Mexico isn’t being amassed by them? So life here just goes on as usual – no reason to think ahead on this one.

  3. No news here. says:

    And 20 more mules made it thru. So when are they going to stop the flow? Never!

  4. Shiggity says:

    Thank god they intercepted that swag dirt weed. Keep that dirt out of or country.

  5. Hello says:

    haha it isnt just Mexicans anymore. Interesting.

  6. Phiilip says:

    Also: If this dope was seized at a port-of-entry (it was), it would not be Border Patrol. It would be CBP (Customs & Border Protection) Officers.

  7. LaLaLaLa says:

    Just because the article says they were US citizens does NOT mean they where not anchor babies who automatically become citizens by default due to their parents ILLEGAL actions, so don’t go tooting your horn to quick about it not being Mexicans involved. Mexicans are still involved since the trash is coming from MEXICO!

    1. PAYAZA818 says:


  8. Tomv1 says:

    The weed is fine but the meth can never be legalized!

  9. Upinya says:

    All of you people are real tough behind your computers talking smack about us mexicans. I bet if you saw one of us on the street you wouldn’t say a F**ken thing because youd be too scared of getting smacked around.

    1. Get Up In Yourself says:

      Is that because Mexicans have poor impulse control?

      1. payasa says:

        mexikanz know more than whites

    2. Joe says:

      You don’t scare me, I have been scared by professionals!! Besides you don’t hang around in my neighborhood because we all have jobs and a great police force!!! I don’t go to the ghetto with 3 or 4 families living in a one bedroom shack. Send the illegals back! Get this trash out of our country. YOU CAN TAKE THE PERSON OUT OF THE GHETTO, YOU JUST CAN’T TAKE THE GHETTO OUT OF THE PERSON!!!!!

  10. keep it real says:

    Legal or illegal they will not stop until we shut down the borders down.They are living the life of riley tax free and care free.

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