Officials seize marijuana mixed with jalapeño peppers

Marijuana Seized Jalapeno Peppers
Marijuana Seized Jalapeno Peppers
Posted at 8:57 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 08:57:23-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials said they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port.

A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.

A CBP news release said that officers discovered more than 7,500 pounds (3,401 kilograms) of marijuana in the peppers' pallets.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan congratulated the officers on Twitter and noted it was the second large seizure of marijuana there within days.

Authorities seized more than 10,600 pounds (4,808 kilograms) of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts at the port Tuesday.