U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have made a major drug bust, finding more than $4 million worth of cocaine concealed within a shipment of decorative stones.
On Jan. 11, the officers, assigned to the Tecate Cargo Facility in San Diego, encountered a 36- year-old driver of a tractor-trailer with a shipment disguised as rocks.
During an inspection of the truck, CBP officers offloaded one of the commodities and found “an anomaly” on one of the stones. A K-9 team screened the shipment and received a positive alert from a detector dog.
According to a release from the agency on Wednesday, 57 cellophane-wrapped packages of cocaine were discovered. The packages were concealed within a plaster-like material designed to appear like stones.
CBP officers extracted approximately 256 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated value of approximately $4.1 million.