U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers thwarted a major smuggling attempt of an assortment of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $2,072,572 from a trusted traveler enrolled in the SENTRI program.
On Monday, at approximately 8:43 p.m., CBP officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry were conducting vehicle enforcement inspections in the pre-primary area. An officer encountered a 67-year-old man driving a 2021 sedan through the dedicated commuter lane, applying for admission into the United States. During initial inspection, the CBP officer discovered packages within black plastic bags in the spare tire wheel well and radioed for assistance.
A K-9 enforcement officer responded to the scene with a CBP human and narcotics detector dog and alerted to the presence of narcotics.
CBP officers extracted a total of 36 packages with an aggregated weight of 120 pounds. The packages were tested and identified as fentanyl powder, fentanyl pink and blue pills, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
“It is important to remember that anyone crossing the border can be a target for traffickers,” said Mariza Marin, San Ysidro Port Director.
The narcotics and vehicle were seized by CBP officers. The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.
This seizure is part of Operation Apollo. Operation Apollo is a joint regional operation comprised of federal, state, and local agencies working to combat the threat from fentanyl, and other illicit synthetic narcotics.