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Major cocaine bust at San Ysidro port of entry

Published On: 07-27-2017 in Category: addiction, drug bust, drug trafficking, Illegal drugs

Officers of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), stationed at the San Ysidro port of entry (POE) in San Diego near the America-Mexico border, on July 19, 2017, seized 33 packages containing more than 98 pounds of cocaine worth around $1.5 million hidden inside a car. While waiting in the queue for inspection at the POE, a CBP drug-sniffer dog alerted officials to the 2002 Ford Explorer, which led to the arrest of a 22-year-old driver.

Responding to the dog’s alert, CBP authorities pulled aside the vehicle, subjecting it to the ports imaging system and were astounded to notice anomalies in the floor of the car. Subsequently, investigating officers retrieved the drug bundles from the driver’s side floor and the center console area. Later, the driver, a U.S. citizen who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was handed over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further interrogations.

According to Pete Flores, CBP director of field operations in San Diego, said that sniffer dog squads form a vital part of the CBP’s layered enforcement technique. “CBP will continue their efforts in combating the trafficking of all illegal items and uphold the mission of CBP,” he said.

Drug trafficking along southwest border

Stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east, the 2000-mile long border separating the U.S. and Mexico runs through a variety of landscapes, ranging from urban settlements to uninhabited wilderness, with numerous POEs making it one of the most frequently crossed borders in the world.

Besides, the ever-growing volume of traffic plying through the various checkpoints along the border provides myriads of opportunities to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to engage in cross-border drug trafficking activities involving heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine cocaine and other illegal substances produced in Mexico and other South American countries. Moreover, lured by the desire to make huge profits across the border, Mexican DTOs have invested in state-of-the-art methods and intricate networks to transport drug shipments to different destinations throughout the nation.

Studies show that members of different drug cartels control several corridors in these regions, which not only facilitate the smooth movement of their own drug consignments, but also recover hefty commissions from other narcotic traffickers who wish to use the corridors under their control for transacting business. Besides, the local population in these border regions believe that drug cartels take advantage of the paucity of navigable roads, negligible law enforcement patrols and poor governmental oversight to push drugs into U.S. territory. Above all, CBP officials attribute the growing cross-border drug trafficking activities through the southwest border to the growing demand for drugs in the U.S.

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