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CBP Officers Seize Almost 9 Tons of Marijuana
Customs & Border Protection ^ | 19 NOV 07 | News Release

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 nation’s 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: border; borderpatrol; customs; fast; freetrade; wod
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1 posted on 11/20/2007 5:21:03 AM PST by Terabitten
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To: Owl_Eagle; Terabitten; SandyInSeattle; Marine Inspector; admiral52

CBP Ping.

FReepmail me to get on or off of this low volume Customs & Border Protection ping list.


2 posted on 11/20/2007 5:22:16 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten

9 Tons.......uh, 7 tons..........5 tons..........a truckload..........couple of O-Zees.........


3 posted on 11/20/2007 5:24:29 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Terabitten

El Presidente Jorge wants to open the border for more Mexican trucks.


4 posted on 11/20/2007 5:25:46 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Terabitten

I’ll have a q.p. of Panama Red and a flat screen to go!


5 posted on 11/20/2007 5:26:07 AM PST by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: Terabitten

Meaningless.


6 posted on 11/20/2007 5:29:55 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: Red Badger
The stockholders of Dorito’s and Cheese Puffs and saddened at the news of this seizure....
7 posted on 11/20/2007 5:37:08 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Heh-heh-heh.......what?................


8 posted on 11/20/2007 5:46:54 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: mtbopfuyn

Way do they always wrap it so nicely?...............


9 posted on 11/20/2007 5:48:29 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Red Badger
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
10 posted on 11/20/2007 5:48:33 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (I'm really made of people!)
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To: Red Badger
"...W(h)y 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.

11 posted on 11/20/2007 5:50:22 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (I'm really made of people!)
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To: Terabitten
"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."

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.

12 posted on 11/20/2007 5:51:57 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Terabitten

at 4:20 eh?


13 posted on 11/20/2007 5:52:11 AM PST by freeengineer
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To: Huck
Meaningless.

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.

14 posted on 11/20/2007 5:53:37 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: freeengineer
at 4:20 eh?

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.

15 posted on 11/20/2007 5:54:54 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten

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.


16 posted on 11/20/2007 5:55:05 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: From One - Many

Don’t underestimate the disconnect between the guys working in the trenches and their leadership.


17 posted on 11/20/2007 5:55:56 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten

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.


18 posted on 11/20/2007 5:57:18 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

It’s pretty hard to cover the smell of 9 tons of pot............perhaps they should have used Ozium......


19 posted on 11/20/2007 5:57:34 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Terabitten

you are correct, our people in the trenches are shot at or jailed if a drug dealer is arrested....something smells.


20 posted on 11/20/2007 5:59:02 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

21 posted on 11/20/2007 5:59:13 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Colorado Doug
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.

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.

22 posted on 11/20/2007 6:01:31 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: From One - Many
you are correct, our people in the trenches are shot at or jailed if a drug dealer is arrested....something smells.

Ramos / Compean aside, you can rest assured that is not the case. Officers are usually rewarded for a bust like this.

23 posted on 11/20/2007 6:03:49 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten
While others are shot at or jailed...The plight of our officers is discouraging. And our officers are the front line...so there can be no doubt, our front line is only maintaining, but not winning. I prefer to Win, but I am an American, so I am becoming obsolete, if I say anything.
24 posted on 11/20/2007 6:06:39 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: Terabitten
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico, Calif. east commercial facility detained a Mexican truck driver

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I wonder what gave him away?

25 posted on 11/20/2007 6:08:31 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that that light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: Terabitten

Terrorists and pot. lol.


26 posted on 11/20/2007 6:48:19 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: Terabitten; glock rocks
Those bales look like they are wrapped for ocean shipment so they can be tossed overboard if the Coast Guard shows up.

This was in a local paper yesterday... FEDS SAY, POT PRICES COULD FALL

27 posted on 11/20/2007 8:22:29 AM PST by tubebender (The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.)
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To: Terabitten

Are they going to auction off the TVs? How do you find the list?


28 posted on 11/20/2007 8:35:57 AM PST by wildbill
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To: Terabitten
Nice job, Calexico!

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.

29 posted on 11/20/2007 9:07:41 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: Colorado Doug
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.

There will always be those who abuse trust, Mexican or otherwise. We have FAST abusers on the Northern Border as well.

30 posted on 11/20/2007 9:10:07 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: SandyInSeattle; Terabitten

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?


31 posted on 11/20/2007 11:03:20 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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The 25-year-old driver, a resident of Mexicali, was registered in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program ...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.

Drug running is a prosperous business, no doubt. Free Trade! Yippeeeee!

32 posted on 11/20/2007 11:09:14 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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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?

LOL, I saw that. I'm cursing TECS as we speak. Wouldn't it be nice if it was Windows driven?!

33 posted on 11/20/2007 11:33:11 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: SandyInSeattle
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.

34 posted on 11/20/2007 12:27:56 PM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: wildbill
How do you find the list?

www.firstgov.gov

35 posted on 11/20/2007 12:30:04 PM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten

Do you prefer pawn or dupe?


36 posted on 11/20/2007 12:32:38 PM PST by jayef
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To: Terabitten
You effort to keep drugs out of "our" neighborhoods is not working. Could you try another solution?

I'd rather they catch 9 tons of illegals than 9 tons of pot.

37 posted on 11/20/2007 12:36:12 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: Terabitten

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.


38 posted on 11/20/2007 12:40:47 PM PST by Perchant
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To: purpleraine
You effort to keep drugs out of "our" neighborhoods is not working. Could you try another solution?

Not working? Nine tons of drugs will now not be distributed in the United States. I'd say it worked just fine.

39 posted on 11/20/2007 12:46:58 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

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.


40 posted on 11/20/2007 12:58:24 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

It certainly kept this batch of drugs out, didn’t it?


41 posted on 11/20/2007 1:00:20 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: Terabitten

First gas prices are up, and now this...

/s


42 posted on 11/20/2007 1:00:59 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: Terabitten

That’s about 60 acres worth of a bumper crop.


43 posted on 11/20/2007 1:10:28 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Terabitten
The FAST program allows known low risk commercial shipments to receive expedited border processing at cargo ports of entry.

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.

44 posted on 11/20/2007 3:05:32 PM PST by Perchant
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To: Terabitten

tried your link. Got a 404 message.


45 posted on 11/20/2007 3:26:53 PM PST by wildbill
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To: SandyInSeattle
Just as the last 100 busts did and the next hundred will do and on and on.

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.

46 posted on 11/20/2007 3:58:46 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: Terabitten; SandyInSeattle; Owl_Eagle

It’s not worth our time arguing with the idiots that permeate these threads!


47 posted on 11/20/2007 10:44:37 PM PST by Marine Inspector
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To: Marine Inspector; Terabitten; SandyInSeattle
It’s not worth our time arguing with the idiots that permeate these threads!

I agree.

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.

48 posted on 11/20/2007 11:53:41 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: wildbill
Try this google search. It should be the first link that comes up, from the cbp.gov website.
49 posted on 11/21/2007 4:58:05 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Perchant
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.

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.

50 posted on 11/21/2007 5:15:46 AM PST by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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