San Diego CBP Seizes Massive Haul of Drugs Worth $38.3 Million in May

SAN DIEGO — In a significant crackdown on drug smuggling, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the San Diego Field Office confiscated a staggering amount of narcotics during the month of May. From May 1 to May 31, officers intercepted 4.31 pounds of marijuana, 21.73 pounds of heroin, 913.9 pounds of cocaine, 561.91 pounds of fentanyl, and an unprecedented 16,408.94 pounds of methamphetamine across 165 separate smuggling attempts.

One notable seizure at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility marked the second-largest methamphetamine bust on record for the San Diego Field Office and the third-largest nationwide.

The total estimated street value of the narcotics seized by San Diego CBP officers in May is an astounding $38,300,000.

“These extraordinary efforts stand as a testament to the diligent and exceptional work by our officers,” stated Sidney K. Aki, CBP Director of Field Operations for San Diego. “The interdiction of these drugs not only disrupts criminal networks but also underscores the importance of continued vigilance and collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking.”

Suspects involved in these incidents were arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. The confiscated narcotics were seized by CBP officers. The San Diego Field Office, which includes the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, San Diego air and seaport, Calexico East/West, Tecate, and Andrade Ports of Entry, will continue its collaborative efforts with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to effectively combat drug smuggling.

These seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a comprehensive counter-fentanyl initiative that began on October 26, 2023, in Southern California and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, leveraging local CBP field assets along with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to enhance resources, increase collaboration, and target fentanyl smuggling into the United States.–By Michael Scappechio edited by Ali