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Calexico CBP Officers Seize 239 Pounds of Marijuana in an Empty Railroad Car

Release Date: 
April 17, 2019

CALEXICO, Calif. —U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry intercepted 239 pounds of marijuana concealed inside an empty railroad car on Tuesday

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m., April 16, when a train entered the border crossing and passed through the port’s imaging system. CBP officers noticed an anomaly in the railroad car and selected the railcar for further inspection.

Officers discover more than 200 pounds of marijuana stashed insdie a rail car.
Officers discover more than 200
pounds of marijuana stashed
inside a rail car.

At the rail yard, a CBP officer with a human-narcotic detector dog screened the railroad car, and the canine alerted to the railcar hopper.

Throughout the intensive inspection, officers found 48 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden in a non-factory compartment within the main beam of the railroad car.

The weight of the narcotics was 239 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $597,500.

CBP seized the narcotics. 

CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.  Those statistics can be found here: CBP-enforcement-statistics .

If you have any information related to this seizure or any other suspected smuggling activity at the Area Port of Calexico, DHS encourages you to report it by calling its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form.

Last modified: 
April 18, 2019