Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Was Discovered Inside a Shipment of Jalapeños

CBP officers pulled hundreds of packages of marijuana from boxes of jalapeño peppers. (Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

SAN DIEGO, C.A. — A shipment of jalapeños from Mexico to the US was discovered to be carrying more than just a spicy kick when Border Patrol agents found nearly 4 tons of marijuana hidden in the cargo.

The discovery was made Thursday when a truck driver was flagged for a secondary inspection at the Otay Mesa border crossing in California.

During the inspection, a K-9 team alerted officers to the container with peppers, according to a press release from US Customs and Border Protection. The federal agency didn’t say why the driver, a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen, was initially flagged for a secondary inspection.

Inside the pallets of peppers officers discovered over 300 green packages that field-tested for marijuana. Officials estimate the seized drugs are worth $2.3 million.

“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez in the press release. “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.”

There was no word on potential criminal charges against the truck’s driver.

Thursday’s bust follows a seizure of more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts that occurred August 13 at the same cargo facility.


  • yougottabekiddin1

    Another gift from “Our good neighbors to the South”! Yet, keep sending $billions in financial aid to send all their drugs and illegals! Great neighbor!

      • wnepcommenter

        Stupid? Mopar Driver? You must be a race car man or something huh? Sounds real BIG and POWERFUL! I’ll bet you’re a BIG MAN with a really small..


        To answer your question, nah, I don’t understand. Considering that marijuana is legal in a ton of states and has vastly contributed to the tax base in them it doesn’t make much sense to make a big deal out of this. This is coming from someone who doesn’t smoke and never cared for it. With that being said I think it’s idiotic to prohibit a plant that doesn’t hurt anybody. Now get back to your garage dude; you probably need to tune your engine or something before your next race.

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