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Customs officers find meth hidden in shipment of green onions

Border officers seized $1.4 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of green onions.
Border officers on July 19 seized $1.4 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of green onions at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Customs officers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry found $1.4 million worth of methamphetamine stashed in a shipment of green onions over the weekend, authorities said.

The 614 pounds of meth were found Sunday after the driver of a big rig told Customs and Border Protection officers that the cargo was “mint leaves and other spices,” officials said in a news release.

Officers scanned the truck and trailer using an imaging system, which identified what officials described as anomalies in the cargo. During a second screening, a drug-sniffing dog reacted to the boxes.

When officers opened the boxes, they found the meth in 40 bundles hidden among the green onions.

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Officers seized the meth and turned over the driver, a 31-year-old Mexican citizen, to Homeland Security Investigations.

Hernandez writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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