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Feds seize nearly 4 tons of marijuana mingled with jalapeño peppers

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This Thursday, Aug 15, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeno peppers seized by CBP officers in San Diego's Otay Mesa, Calif. Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana at the Southern California port. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized nearly four tons of marijuana Thursday hidden amongst a shipment of jalapeño peppers in San Diego, according to CBP.

Photos show big green blocks containing marijuana surrounded by thousands of peppers. There were 314 such blocks in the semi truck's trailer.

Weighing 7,560 pounds, police say the value of the seizure is $2.3 million.

Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez said:

I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load. 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.

The bust happened on August 15 around 6:15 p.m. when a 37-year-old Mexican citizen drove into a port of entry driving a trailer with cargo listed as jalapeño peppers.

A canine team roaming the area sniffed out the marijuana, which was then seized along with the truck and its trailer.




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