Border Patrol agents in California reportedly seized four tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of jalapeno peppers Thursday.
A 37-year-old male Mexican national driving a tractor-trailer reportedly drove through the port of entry at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in California with a shipment of what was thought to be jalapeno peppers, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Canines alerted agents to the smell of marijuana within the tractor-trailer. Agents uncovered 314 packages, or nearly four tons of marijuana within the shipment. The weed was worth a whopping $2.3 million, according to officials.
What’s spicier than a truckload of jalapeños?
A truckload of jalapeños concealing 4 tons of marijuana. https://t.co/geEGkSvjul
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 19, 2019
CBP agents seized the marijuana as well as the tractor-trailer, according to CBP.
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez said in a press release.
“Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization,” he continued.
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