Skip to comments.CBP Officers Seize Almost 9 Tons of Marijuana
Posted on 11/20/2007 5:21:01 AM PST by Terabitten
Calexico, Calif. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico, Calif. east commercial facility detained a Mexican truck driver after they discovered 8.85 tons of marijuana commingled with a shipment of television screens at the port Friday afternoon, Port Director Billy Whitford said today.
The 25-year-old driver, a resident of Mexicali, was registered in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program and was driving a 1992 GMC tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested as flat screen televisions.
As the truck waited in line to enter the U.S. through the FAST lane at about 4:20 p.m., CBP canine officers conducted a pre-primary operation when a narcotic detector dog alerted to the shipment.
Inspection of the truck through a non-intrusive gamma-ray system later revealed images with anomalies within the shipment. Upon opening the doors, several large packages fell out of the trailer.
Regarded as the largest marijuana load ever for the Calexico port of entry, officers discovered 1,019 large packages of marijuana for a total of 17,701.07 pounds, valued at about $67,264,000.
The tractor-trailer and marijuana were seized by CBP and the driver was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and booked into Imperial County jail to await arraignment. ICE investigation is continuing.
FAST is a Border Accord Initiative between the United States, Mexico and Canada designed to ensure security and safety of trans-border commercial shipments, while enhancing economic prosperity of both countries.
Eligibility for the FAST program requires participants (carrier, drivers, importers, and southern border manufacturers) to submit an application, agreement and security profile. The FAST program allows known low risk commercial shipments to receive expedited border processing at cargo ports of entry.
"This significant seizure demonstrates our commitment to keeping America safe, not only from terrorists and their weapons, but safe from narcotics and the damage they create," Whitford said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of the nations borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
FReepmail me to get on or off of this low volume Customs & Border Protection ping list.
9 Tons.......uh, 7 tons..........5 tons..........a truckload..........couple of O-Zees.........
El Presidente Jorge wants to open the border for more Mexican trucks.
I’ll have a q.p. of Panama Red and a flat screen to go!
Way do they always wrap it so nicely?...............
They have a commitment to retail excellence and noted on their customer comment cards that presentation was a big issue with their customers. Also, it is an attempt to cover the smell. The attempt failed.
They want to do exactly the same thing for airline passengers. Fingerprints, backgound check, etc, and you get expedited processing at the airports.
This demonstrates what can happen -- the bad guys will use the method of least scrutiny.
at 4:20 eh?
Not to those of us who are working very hard, every day, to keep terrorists and drugs out of this country, off our streets, and out of your neighborhood.
Yeah. Calexico is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (IIRC), so the actual time of day doesn't really mean much to the guys working there.
Does this mean the ‘free roads program’ is now hand in hand with the open borders program? If these types of crackdowns continue will the shootings become more frequent? Wait don’t tell me...I think I know the answer.
Don’t underestimate the disconnect between the guys working in the trenches and their leadership.
Wow! Who could have seen this coming? Free and Secure Trade is so inherently good I’m sure this is just a fluke and will never ever, ever happen again. Certainly this will be the only time that the Mexican truck drivers will try to smuggle something across the border besides, it’s really the border patrol’s fault. They are not supposed to look so close.
It’s pretty hard to cover the smell of 9 tons of pot............perhaps they should have used Ozium......
you are correct, our people in the trenches are shot at or jailed if a drug dealer is arrested....something smells.
CBP has two missions that are almost mutually exclusive: Get all the good guys across as quickly as possible, while stopping all the bad guys. Keep in mind that the bad guys are all *trying* to look like good guys, and the good guys sometimes look like bad guys. It's an incredibly difficult mission, and overall, our guys do a great job.
One minor technical quibble - Border Patrol is part of CBP - Customs & Border Protection. This bust was made by CBP Officers (Office of Field Operations), not Border Patrol Agents (Office of Border Patrol). OFO handles the legal ports of entry, Border Patrol handles the spaces between the legal POEs.
Ramos / Compean aside, you can rest assured that is not the case. Officers are usually rewarded for a bust like this.
I wonder what gave him away?
Terrorists and pot. lol.
This was in a local paper yesterday... FEDS SAY, POT PRICES COULD FALL
Are they going to auction off the TVs? How do you find the list?
The 25-year-old driver...was registered in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program...
We caught an ecstasy smuggler in our Nexus lane last week; unfortunately, there will always be those who betray trust, no matter how carefully they're screened. People who abuse the trusted traveler lanes need to have the book thrown at them.
There will always be those who abuse trust, Mexican or otherwise. We have FAST abusers on the Northern Border as well.
The prettiest two words in the CBP lexicon, Cash Award!
One of our guys nabbed someone with 8 lbs of Ex the other day.
Not to bash our leadership, but did anyone notice the celebratory story on the homepage about how TECS was 20 years old?
Generally, you’d want to oh, I don’t know, UPDATE something like that. Maybe put it in that new fangled “Windows” environment?
Drug running is a prosperous business, no doubt. Free Trade! Yippeeeee!
LOL, I saw that. I'm cursing TECS as we speak. Wouldn't it be nice if it was Windows driven?!
Windows driven? No thanks.
FITS is getting updated, though. The new system is supposed to be up and running within 6 months - FACTSWeb. Firearms, body armor, and creds will all be tracked on a web-based program.
Do you prefer pawn or dupe?
I'd rather they catch 9 tons of illegals than 9 tons of pot.
I wonder if Bush has sent the pooch on a special mission to Korea yet. The poor mutt has no idea of the problems he has caused.
Not working? Nine tons of drugs will now not be distributed in the United States. I'd say it worked just fine.
If you think that’s keepiong drugs out of our neighborhoods, you’re just as wrong today as you were during the last 100 drug busts. And you have been wrong for the last 90 years.
It certainly kept this batch of drugs out, didn’t it?
First gas prices are up, and now this...
That’s about 60 acres worth of a bumper crop.
Good thing this was one of the "low risk" shippers. This was the official Mexican Government drug trafficking cartel and the proof of that will be the lack of arrests or any sort of real investigation of this incident, especially south of the border. The truck driver, who is probably innocent anyway, will be released in a month or two ( or however long it takes Americans to forget the incident ) and it will be like it never happened. They might even send the drugs back to the Mexican Government to be repackaged and sent on another northbound shipment; Mexico will need that material as "evidence" for their sham investigation.
Is there any wonder that they got this program rolling at the same time they stepped up border patrol presence and fence building? Gotta keep the narcotics flowing.
tried your link. Got a 404 message.
It is a sign of mental illness to keep doing what were doing and think we're going to get a different result. And wasting my tax money in the meantime.
It’s not worth our time arguing with the idiots that permeate these threads!
They generally break into one of two groups: Guys who got busted buying pot in a police sting, or guys who wish they were LEOs but couldn't cut it.
I can guarantee you that the drugs will be destroyed. The bulk of it has most likely already been destroyed.
The official number was 8.85 tons. That's 17,700 pounds of marijuana. At a half-gram of marijuana in a typical joint, and 453 grams in a pound, that makes 16,036,200 joints that aren't on the street. Sixteen million.
Thought of another way, that's a year's supply of marijuana for 43,934 people who smoke one joint a day, every day.
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