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CBP in Andrade Finds 128 Packages of Marijuana throughout Vehicle

Release Date: 
January 14, 2011

Andrade, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Andrade port of entry yesterday discovered 128 packages of marijuana in the gas tank, all four doors, and both rear quarter-panels of a 1999 Dodge Durango.

On Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., a CBP officer encountered the 25-year-old male driver of the Durango accompanied by a 28-year-old female and her minor child when they entered the port for inspection. The officer determined the vehicle and occupants needed a more intensive examination so he pulled them aside.

During the inspection, officers found marijuana packages hidden throughout the vehicle: 52 packages in the gas tank and 76 in the vehicle's doors and rear-quarter panels. Total weight of the marijuana was 221 pounds, with street value of more than $100,000.

Quarantined container where dead Khapra beetle larva were found inside.

The driver and female passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested. The minor child, also a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the custody of a member of the mother's family.

CBP seized the vehicle and marijuana.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017