Journalista: Drug Trafficking at the Border, A High-Stakes Numbers Game

By Yoonj Kim

The largest land border crossing in the world is the Port of San Ysidro near San Diego, California. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers are the regulators here, inspecting the thousands of cars and people passing through on a daily basis. Each day they seize attempted smugglings of narcotics—and in recent times, the proportion of hard drug seizures they’ve been seeing has increased.

Playboy’s Yoonj Kim joins the CBP for a day, speaking with Port Director Sidney Aki, Director of Field Operations Pete Flores and Officer Angelica DeCima as they patrol the human and vehicle traffic between Tijuana and San Diego. Along the way, we also hear from Brian O’Dea, a former drug trafficker who has served time in prison, yet regrets nothing.


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