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This Mustang thinks it's a DeLorean: $5M in narcotics seized at the border

Photo credit: San Diego/Imperial County CBP

Cocaine found by CPB officials in one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.

Photo credit: San Diego/Imperial County CBP

Packages of heroin and methamphetamine found by CPB officials in one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.

Cocaine and brown and black heroin were found by CPB officials in the wooden frame of this wicker basket during one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.


With a bumper of cocaine, and aspirations of DeLorean infamy, a Mustang was busted at the border last weekend as part of a $5.2 million narcotics seizure by San Diego/Imperial County Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

The Mustang was found Friday at the San Ysidro port of entry, saddled with 46 pounds of cocaine riding along in the rear bumper. A Ford F-150 was caught with cocaine concealed in its dashboard hours later in Calexico.

On Saturday, the Otay Mesa port produced a Mazda hiding heroin and methamphetamine in its non-factory, undercarriage compartment. On Sunday, the wooden frame of a trunk-traveling wicker basket brought in bundles of brown and black heroin and cocaine.

685 pounds of narcotics were seized in total from the four incidents, and all four drivers were transported to local jails, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security news release. 

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Elephant skin purse, hippopotamus tusk, and other endangered animal objects seized at LAX

Endangered Animals-Seizures

AP Photo/United States Customs and Border Protection

This photo released July 2, 2012 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows ivory tusks seized at Los Angeles International Airport on June 27, 2012. The tusks were among 15 items seized from a U.S. citizen arriving from Europe. The items were found when her three suitcases were X-rayed. Customs officers consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents who confirmed that all the items cannot be imported under the Endangered Species Act.

15 products made from endangered animals were seized at Los Angeles International Airport last week, said U.S Customs and Border Protection.

Officers discovered one hippopotamus tusk, seven ivory tusks, and seven leather purses made from stingray, crocodile, ostrich, and elephant skins.

The illegal imports were foud via X-ray in the luggage of a 63-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen, arriving in L.A. from Greece via Germany.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents confirmed with customs officals that all of the confiscated items were prohibited from import under the Endangered Species Act.

USFWS launched a new website this month focused on endangered species, stories of recovery, and conservation efforts for the country's native fish, wildlife and plants. An interactive map tracks progress by state.

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