Monday, 12 June 2017
Woman hides $4 million worth of drugs in popcorn boxes
A drug smuggler attempted to hide meth and cocaine inside popcorn boxes while entering the United States from Mexico, according to police in California. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties over the weekend, intercepted approximately 837 pounds of narcotics valued at over $3.9 million, including 150 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in popcorn boxes. Officers intercepted 388 pounds of methamphetamine, 162 pounds of cocaine, 32 pounds of heroin and 250 pounds of marijuana. Officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places such as the bumper, trunk, spare tire, quarter panel and floor.
At about 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, a 25-year-old female U.S. citizen drove a 2010 Jeep Liberty to the San Ysidro port of entry. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the largest land border crossing between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. It connects Mexican Federal Highway 1 with Interstate 5 on the U.S. side.
An officer at primary inspections referred the vehicle due to the excessive amount of food noticed inside her vehicle. Officers utilized the port’s imaging system and anomalies were detected. A canine team was called to assist. The canine alerted to popcorn boxes located in the rear cargo area. A search of the popcorn boxes revealed large packages of methamphetamine. Officers extracted 15 packages of methamphetamine weighing 150 pounds, with a street value of more than $481,952.