SAN DIEGO — Border patrol officers arrested two men suspected of smuggling a combined total of $1.5 million in marijuana and heroin across the border into the States. Officials say the arrests occurred Monday at ports of entry in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro, respectively.
In the incident at Otay Mesa, US Customs and Border Protection officers discovered that a semi driver hauling boxes of squash had been hiding 37 packages of marijuana — worth an estimated $221,400 — among the vegetables. The driver, a 29-year-old Mexican citizen of Enseneda, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security.
As for the San Ysidro port, a 46-year-old San Diego local — also a citizen of Mexico — was arrested after 93 pounds of heroin (in 24 packages) were found hidden in the wheels of his truck. Officials estimate the total value at about $1.3 million.
Both vehicles were seized as well as the narcotics therein.
U-T San Diego: $1.5M in heroin, marijuana seized at border
CBS Local: Border busts lead to recovery of narcotics with street value of $1.5 million