Authorities said that what was believed to be a large shipment containing onions turned out to contain nearly $3 million worth meth. Nearly 1,200 small meth packages were found. “shaped into small gloves with a white covering, designed to blend into the onions they were hidden with,”According to theU.S. Customs and Border Control
CBP stated that they had discovered the incident in a press release “clever attempt”During an inspection at Otay Mesa federal prison in San Diego, California earlier this month, the drugs were disguised in a tractor-trailer.
According to the statement, the driver, a Mexican citizen aged 46, and the tractor trailer were flagged for further investigation.
K9 units alerted authorities during the exam. They discovered 1,336 pounds methamphetamine, worth $2.9 million street value, authorities stated.
Sidney Aki, CBP Director of Operations Field Operations, described it as “a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I haven’t seen before,” and “time-consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions,” according to the statement.
The driver of the tractor trailer was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Authorities also seized the tractor, trailer, and narcotics.