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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry intercepted a traveler who has assessed a penalty of more than $22,000.

CBP officers intercepted 9,000 Tramadol pills and 640 B12 syringes being smuggled into the U.S. 

On Feb. 7, at approximately 6 a.m., a 46-year-old man driving a vehicle applied for entry into the U.S. by presenting his valid passport card to CBP officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.



The officer referred the vehicle and occupant for further examination after a human/narcotics detector dog was alerted to the vehicle.

In secondary, CBP officers screened the vehicle utilizing CBP imaging system, similar to X-ray, and observed anomalies in the hood area of the vehicle. A detailed physical inspection of the vehicle performed by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of two bags from the engine compartment. Inside the two bags officers found 9,000 tramadol pills and 640 B12 syringes.



CBP officers seized the pharmaceuticals and issued the driver a monetary penalty totaling approximately $22,841 for failure to declare merchandise.

CBP officers at the border crossing in Southern California stop illegal activity while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.


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