U.S. Customs and Border Patrol used an x-ray machine to stop an alleged smuggling attempt this week at the San Ysidro port of entry. Agents reported finding methamphetamine hidden inside sealed cans of jalapenos and cheese sauce at the border crossing.
Officials became suspicious of a 21-year-old Mexican citizen, who resides in Oxnard, Calif,. after he attempted to drive his 1999 Toyota Solara into the United States from Mexico loaded down with recently purchased groceries.
A further examination of the contents of the vehicle caused concern, prompting Border agents to refer the driver and automobile for a more thorough search of the contents, which included two cans of cheese sauce and a can of jalapeno peppers.
Officers noticed the the weight of the cans was more then what was listed on the label. A routine x-ray of the cheese sauce and jalapenos detected anomalies within the contents.
Upon opening the three containers being carried by the driver, officers discovered a package in each sealed can containing a total of seven pounds of methamphetamine, according to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
CBP officers seized the drugs and the suspects vehicle. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and is being charged with smuggling drugs. The methamphetamine had a street value of $140,000, said the CBP.
Border Patrol agents intercepted a shipment of 123 packages of marijuana, worth $1.4 million in September, which was found inside a load of hot sauce bound for the US from Mexico. Agents used x-rays to detect the drugs in the cargo being transported by the tractor-trailer.