CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting inspections at the Calexico downtown port of entry yesterday arrested an 85-year-old man after they found 217 pounds of marijuana hidden in the truck he was driving.
Wednesday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m., the 85-year-old driver of a white 1993 Nissan stake bed pickup truck entered the Calexico border station for inspection. During an interview with a CBP officer, the officer noticed discrepancies with the truck, so he pulled it and the driver aside for a more in-depth examination.
Officers conducted a physical inspection and canine screening of the truck, resulting in the discovery of 35 wrapped packages of marijuana, valued at $98,800, in a compartment in the bed of the pickup.
The man, a resident of Calexico, Calif. was arrested for the alleged smuggling attempt.
CBP seized the marijuana and conveyance.
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.