Feds seize more than $1.1 million in narcotics at California port

OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S Customs and Border Protection Officers recently intercepted narcotics worth more than $1.1 million from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in California.

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According to a news release, a 43-year-old man driving a 2011 Lincoln MKZ entered the United States from Mexico just before 2 a.m. local time on June 16.

Investigators discovered nearly 90 pounds of mixed narcotics in individually wrapped packages concealed within the vehicle’s quarter panels, rear bumper, firewall and rocker panels.

The parcels tested positive for fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, according to the agency.

“CBP officers are the front-line of stopping these types of dangerous drugs from entering into the U.S.,” Anne Maricich, the agency’s deputy director of field operations in San Diego, said in a prepared statement.

“I am proud of our officers, and as a result of their keen awareness and collaborative efforts, these narcotics will not reach our communities,” she added.

The driver was turned over to the custody of special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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