The peppers fell away, exposing stacks of 314 packages of marijuana tightly wrapped in bright green packaging.
The shipment weighed 7,560 pounds — nearly four tons — and was valued at $2.3 million, according to law enforcement.
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez said in a CBP statement. “Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”
Perishable food items — or packages made to look like perishable food items — are commonly used to disguise marijuana shipments.
The jalapeño peppers seizure on Aug. 15 came just three days after officers found 10,642 pounds of marijuana inside a shipment of plastic auto parts at the same San Diego facility.