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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Otay Mesa, California: Authorities Discover Meth Disguised As Onions

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection say their officers found meth that was disguised as onions during a bust at a California border crossing. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial facility discovered almost 1,200 small packages of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of onions on Sunday. 

At approximately 1 p.m. on February 20, CBP officers encountered a 46-year-old driver of a tractor trailer with a shipment manifested as onions.  During the inspection, a CBP officer referred the driver along with the conveyance for a more intensive examination. 

During the exam, a CBP canine team screened the truck and trailer and the detector dog alerted to the shipment.  CBP officers searched the shipment and discovered 1,197 packages of methamphetamine mixed with the onions in sacks.  The packages of methamphetamine were shaped into small globes with a white covering, designed to blend into the onions they were hidden with.

CBP officers extracted approximately 1,336 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated street value of about $2.9 million. 

“This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I haven’t seen before, but also time consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions,” said Sidney Aki, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego.

“These efforts show how effective our officers are, and as a response, the lengths drug trafficking organizations are willing to go to as they try to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.  While we have certainly seen narcotics in produce before, it’s unusual for us to see this level of detail in the concealment.” 

The driver was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.  

CBP officers turned the driver, a Mexican citizen, over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) for further disposition.

CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer, and narcotics.

Fox 10 Phoenix


  1. Replies
    1. Another BLM suing the Railto police department, in CA.
      16 ye old daughter, was driving illegal motorbike, some called 911. 2 police officers responded, the girl was fighting them, she was put on the ground, family claiming abuse, wants those officers fired. If only the girl cooperated, things do not get out of hand. Family hired lawyer, they are trying for the jackpot at taxpayer expense.

  2. These self-promoting genius' could've let the driver go on his way with a bug in his cab, tail on his ass, and tracking devises inside the fake onions, but instead they chose the short-sighted glory. They could've learned whether the driver was an innocent victim or purely gainfully employed to distribute by listening to his convos. Now we also cannot find the upper tier recipients waiting for their shipment. I would always wonder if that driver knew of the drugs or not- cartels dont care if he has kids or not. They prolly PREFER guys that are honest w no criminal records n have no idea that they're holding (to NOT appear nervous at the border). Many border guards are simpletons just like the cartel's mensos that abound.

    1. ICE HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) does not have a supervised delivery team on the port of entry. The HSI agent on call needs to gather all info of the case then make the decision of the next step. Either play dumb and follow the truck once the team to follow the load. A load of this size is follow with a team in Mexico and another in the US. Once the load is stuck in Secondary Inspection they know the load is done. Next the drop off point is not the hornets nest is a secondary point. Next issue is the CBP Agents there are the ones that are there to make a decent living and following the protocols of the establish policy. Then you have the ones that see this as a game and get a hard on catching loads. The tells are the psych of the interaction with the driver and the tells of the information you process. No te pases de vergas if you never been in either side of the game.

    2. 1:01
      You have been watching to many movies.


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