San Ysidro, Calif. - U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port of San Ysidro foiled the attempted smuggling of almost 70 pounds of marijuana, by a SENTRI participant.
On Oct. 20, at 7:20 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections in the SENTRI lanes referred a white 2007 Ford Focus and its occupant for further inspection.
When the driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old male citizen of Mexico, and a resident of Ensenada, drove his vehicle through the x-ray machine; officers noticed anomalies in the bumpers. Officers then conducted a thorough inspection of the vehicle and extracted 27 packages of marijuana.
The packages were hidden throughout the bumpers and dashboard of the vehicle. The marijuana weighed almost 70 pounds with an estimated street value of $34,850.00
CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for processing. CBP officers placed an immigration hold on the driver, to begin removal of the U.S. at the end of his criminal proceedings.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.