CBP Finds Marijuana in Concrete Barriers At Otay Mesa Cargo Port of Entry

SAN DIEGO— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo facility on Friday morning discovered 384 pounds of marijuana hidden inside of concrete barriers.
On February 10, at about 10:45 a.m., a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen drove a 1988 Kenworth tractor and trailer to the cargo port with a shipment manifested as cement articles.  The CBP officer referred the shipment to the dock for a more intensive examination.
CBP officers utilized a detector dog to screen the tractor and trailer; the canine alerted to the shipment.  Officers then drilled a hole in one of the concrete barriers and extracted a green leaf substance that field tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers removed 77 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside of the concrete barriers, with a street value of more than $230,000.
The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.  CBP seized both the marijuana and the tractor and trailer.

PUC member Sandoval to speak at IV Renewable Energy Summit

(El Centro, CA) – California Public Utility Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval heads a list of distinguished renewable energy experts slated to speak at the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit set for March 13-15.

Registration is still open for “The Power to Renew California” Summit that will be held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club in Holtville.

Methamphetamine Bust at U.S. Border Patrol Highway 111 Checkpoint

SALTON CITY, Calif. – On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a substantial amount of methamphetamine at the Highway 111 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Salton City.


The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m., after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a white Nissan Sentra.  The driver was referred to secondary where agents using a large scale imaging system scanned the vehicle and observed several anomalies.  Upon further inspection, agents discovered six packages of methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment.  The illegal narcotics weighed approximately 11 pounds and have an estimated street value of $366,000.