WINTERHAVEN — Sheriff's officials and the U.S. Customs Service are investigating an alleged drug-smuggling operation in this eastern Imperial County community.
Deputies uncovered a stash of marijuana Saturday inside what was thought to be an abandoned trailer inside Bee's Trailer Park in the 2700 block of Araz Road.
The discovery came after 8 a.m. when Sheriff's Deputy Pompeyo Tabarez Jr. stopped a sport-utility vehicle not far from the trailer park for a traffic violation.
Tabarez, who had already received word there was a smuggling operation in the park, had reason to tie the SUV to the park, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Sharon Stogner.