Record-Breaking Bust: 15 Tons of Pot Seized at Otay Mesa Port

Andie Adams, NBC San Diego, February 28, 2015

More than 15 tons of marijuana hidden in a mattress shipment was seized at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry–the largest narcotics bust in the history of that border crossing and the second largest seizure at any crossing nationwide.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the find as they inspected a truck claiming to carry mattresses and cushions on Thursday evening.

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Officers tallied the find, which came to 1,296 packages containing about 31,598 pounds of marijuana. That load has an estimated street value of about $18.96 million.

The driver, a 46-year-old Mexican citizen with a valid border crossing card, was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. {snip}

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  • Race Heretic

    I support legalization of drugs so that we stop sending so much money to Mexico and funding the insane violent antics of the cartels along our southern border.

    • David Ashton

      To undercut the criminal gangs drugs must be cheaper and more readily accessible, so they cannot be undermined by contraband or uncontrolled supply and distribution. Either these addictive brain-poisons are supplied through state outlets and taxpayer expense, or through mass-marketing like chips and chocolate. Soros and the tobacco companies may welcome such a development, but it means the slow destruction of future white generations, the historic precedents seen in Egypt, India and China. The impacts on hospitals, policing, family breakdown and road accidents are already evident, even with control. There is no effective “war” on drugs – and it is a propaganda phrase, like the “war” on crime or poverty. Except in a few countries like Sweden and Singapore, whose quality of life in this respect any rate is commendable.

    • libertarian1234

      “I support legalization of drugs so that we stop sending so much money to Mexico and funding the insane violent antics of the cartels along our southern border.”

      Right on.

      Also the cartels at the southern border represents only a small sector where they’re gaining in economic and military strength. Large areas within Mexico are technically controlled by one cartel or another, wherein they have built medical facilities and other necessities, along with providing employment to many and often represent the only employer of any size.

      They’ve won the hearts and minds of many people and drug pesos are in the pockets of most all low level authorities, most of the police and more than a few of the Federales.

      As we are seeing right now, their influence and money have crept into the US while their sales distribution points extend into heavily populated urban areas all over the nation. And with the push of the Obama administration and Congress to put pressure on doctors to drastically reduce the number of pain medicine to the general public, it has gifted the cartels with pain pill products to add to their menu of drugs available for sale to the public. As usual, another control by the federal government has not only failed, but it has made the matter worse
      and increased cartel profits.

      And there are more and more horror stories about shoot and boot raids by the feds and local police on wrong addresses or bogus tips wherein people and their little pets have been killed, and their houses and other assets seized and sold and given to the arresting agency to spend as they will whether a conviction has been obtained or not.

      The situation has turned into an absolute disaster.

      I usually don’t ponder on whether a situation might be conspiratorial, but I can’t help but wonder if this war on drugs isn’t made purposely worse by some authorities in order to justify large budgets for federal agencies, and to provide them with extra capital.

    • Race War Provisions

      Support the United States Farmer! Legalize Mary Jane!

  • I guess someone was planning a really hot party over the weekend.

    • Nancy

      I KNOW there are kids in college all around the country who are NOT happy right about now…

  • superlloyd

    Will the Mexican driver get citizenship and tax credits too?

  • Luca

    Mexico should never have been a party to NAFTA .

  • David Ashton

    The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland wants pot legalized.

  • LexiconD1

    Pot, who cares anymore? Really is it any different than drinking a few alcoholic beverages? Why waste our money on something so frivolous?

    • LHathaway

      Some say it causes or triggers schitzophrenia (sorry about the spelling). I don’t have an opinion on the issue, as I’m getting somewhat old.

      • David Ashton

        There is medical evidence for this which has.been available for years past. I am getting old but, too busy with other interests, have regrettably discarded all my files on this. However, I was first alerted to the problem of permanent brain damage by a cannabis expert called David Copestake (who was framed by corrupt police because of his exposure, long ago, of the way in which pop music festivals were funded by dope-suppliers). Hooking the young provides an excellent market.

        • LHathaway

          One of the directors of a homeless shelter here claims the US will eventually be filled the mentally ill, that is if more and more people are smoking pot. This may already true, without pot use . . . I’m open to the idea of legalizing mary jane. Open to the idea if it were put to public vote I would likely vote ‘no’. Not positive.

          • David Ashton

            What Soros wants, will Soros get?

        • Race War Provisions

          Hooking the young on Lucifer’s Lettuce? Right right; it’s clearly a gateway drug…to more government propaganda

          • David Ashton

            Lucifer’s Lettuce…ha ha! Reefer Madness…ha ha ha! One of my neighbors who fed her depressed daughter with imported cannabis in good faith but made her condition worse until the girl committed suicide…ha ha ha! Cannabis victims in UK mental hospitals with incurable psychosis…ha ha ha ha!

      • Race War Provisions

        It causes “pot-timers”, not memory loss hahaha

        • LHathaway

          what’s a pot-timer? Someone who only works sparingly, around their drug habit?

          • Race War Provisions

            Like “Alzheimer’s” or “old-timers” (memory loss from being old), what were we talking about?

            It’s just newer slang

    • David Ashton

      The biological damage done by modern supplies of cannabis is significant, although little realized by the campaigners and Soros-funded interests who pretend that it is an altogether “benign substance”. Check the mental hospitals in Britain.

  • libertarian1234

    The war on drugs has been lost and won’t even be contained to any appreciable degree.

    But what does it matter in a country that is moving toward a facsimile of Brazilian society where the multicultural mobs rule the streets at night and the weenies live in gated communities with heavily armed guards and tanks?

    • David Ashton

      The people largely responsible for one symptom of degeneracy are largely responsible for the other. We want a youth that will not lay down and die.

    • Race War Provisions

      The war on drugs was just a propaganda campaign to fill up empty for-profit prisons. I mean do you really want to give a pot enthusiast MORE time in jail than a rapist?? It sadly is that way in my county

  • dd121

    The people who’ve been buying those mattresses must have wondered why they slept so well.

  • LHathaway

    Going to the original site, it doesn’t look like the Pot was well-hidden. Not even hiding the dope, did they have reason so suspect they wouldn’t be searched, that is, did the drug runners feel they had an inside man at the border crossing? If I have 19 million dollars worth of pot, I might at least try to hide it fairly well.

  • IstvanIN

    He’ll be released and his wife, parents, siblings and kids will all be allowed in, family reunification you know.

  • Lygeia

    I’m wondering if this was cheap Mexican swag and the feds did us all a favor.

    I say we legalize marijuana immediately.

    • We did it in Colorado. I don’t like it, but reefer is small potatoes compared to crack and meth.

      • Lygeia

        I’m kind of curious why you don’t like it.

        • I smoked marijuana with one of my neighbors, and it gave me a splitting headache. I couldn’t get to sleep later that evening. That was completely hideous, and I will never do it again.

          The feeling was good, in fact great, but in retrospect, it was too much of a good thing.

          • Reynardine

            It’s very possible he had some very seedy bud and that you popped a few of those seeds as you blazed up.

          • Lygeia

            You probably just had the wrong strain and got an indica rather than a sativa.

          • Race War Provisions

            You should try eating it instead Mike or vaporizing it. Vaping is really nice due to no carcinogens.

      • David Ashton

        The “libertarians” want to legalize the lot not just pot.

  • Deacon Blue

    What this story did not tell you was that this 46 year old “entrepreneur” is going to be
    granted amnesty and once he gets a SSN, three years of EIC tax credits as “amnesty
    bonus” from the IRS that we (White citizens of the USA) have to pay for. Buenos
    nachos, conquistadores!

  • Like booze? We tried criminalizing that, and it didn’t work out very well.

    • David Ashton

      Not well, but it helped. Alcohol can cause damage like skunk or crack.
      The difference is between acting before or reacting afterwards.

  • ElComadreja

    How to explain the over-testosteroned blacks and mestizos that use it regularly then?

  • ElComadreja

    Total waste of time and money that could have been better spent rounding up and deporting illegals. For every ton they seized there were at least ten they didn’t. For years “conservatives” have alienated potential allies with their hysterical stance on pot.

    • David Ashton

      Of course, there are priorities in an American renaissance.

  • Brady

    I’ll accept that, sure. Britain was in the wrong there. Being a race realist doesn’t mean believing that white people are perfect.

    • David Ashton

      The Sassoons were the major criminals here, but we must tread carefully on this road to ruin. WHY were the wiser Chinese against the opium “trade” and the Indians and Egyptians against hash?

      • Race War Provisions

        Hash has been a part of India’s and Eqypt’s culture for thousands of years. It’s not something that happened in the 20th century

        • David Ashton

          The point is that their modern governments opposed it because of the damaging effects it had and was having.

          “Cannabis use is associated with a wide range of negative side-effects such as anxiety, psychotic episodes, depression, cancer, stroke, as well as IQ decline in young people,” – Fay Watson, Secretary-General, EAD, “Daily Mail”, March 3.

          • Race War Provisions

            Wait, so when did the government have our best interests at heart?

            Oh that’s right, pot is bad and alcohol which kills thousands every year is good. I guess it counts if it can be taxed or not huh?

            Remember every time you open a beer bottle you are opening a government seal.

          • David Ashton

            Your response is neither relevant nor logical.

            I was talking about concerned authorities with historic experience in the “third” world. I do not defend the US government, let alone its intelligence agencies, in the so-called “war against drugs” (e.g. in Afghanistan).

            It is the supporters of legalization who argue that taxes can be put on pot and other poisons of choice to help pay for adverse medical and social consequences of “abuse”. This would not undercut criminal cartels, whereas mass enslavement to incapacitation of the rational faculties would create a public health problem (as in the foreign lands mentioned).

            I am not absolutely opposed in theory for puritanical or religious principles to some small individual harmless and occasional pleasure from recreational substances, including alcohol, though personally I have never tried, nor wish to try, drugs, and regret the impact, albeit slight, of whiskey and vodka on my personal health in earlier years; and am virtually teetotal now.

            There is no need to add to harms from “drink” those from “drugs” (e.g. in Britain dangerous driving), especially when these come from habit-formation in vulnerable young people.

  • David Ashton

    The opium campaign against China was wrong.

    Society is not just a “collection of individuals”.

  • David Ashton

    Check out Sweden, Singapore and other prohibitionist states.

  • David Ashton

    The cartels are likely to undercut the expensive legalized suppliers and also switch to other forms of vice and crime.

  • David Ashton

    “Swift as greyhounds, tough as leather, hard as steel.”

  • Race War Provisions

    In all actuality we should be smoking high-grade hashish and not just the flowers if we want to cut out the mass of carcinogens.

  • Race War Provisions

    It does not lower testosterone, that is false

    • David Ashton

      “The long-term consequences of marijuana use in humans on endocrine systems remain unclear.” – T. T. Brown & A. S. Dobbs (2002) J.Clin.Pharmacol [review of 74 studies].