SAN DIEGO (AP)

Authorities seized nearly $ 3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden among a batch of onions while inspecting a tractor trailer at a federal agency in San Diego, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 warned about the shipment of onions in a trailer on Sunday. Officers found nearly 1,200 small packets of methamphetamine, the agency said in a press release Friday.

Officials said the 46-year-old driver, an unnamed Mexican citizen, had been arrested for an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs into the port of arrival of commercial vehicles in Otai Mesa.

The methamphetan packs – more than 1,336 pounds (606 pounds) – were in the shape of small white-coated balls, the agency said, and were to be mixed with onions. The cost of drugs on the street is estimated at $ 2.9 million.

“It was not only a cunning attempt to try drug smuggling that I had never seen before, but wrapping drugs in these small packages that looked like onions was time consuming,” said Sidney Aki, director of CBP. Field operations in San Diego, in a news release. “While we’ve certainly seen drugs in products before, it’s unusual for us to see this level of detail in concealment.”

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