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CBP Finds Nearly Half Ton of Marijuana on Tour Bus

Release Date: 
March 29, 2011

Seized Marijuana-San Ysidro port of entry.

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Friday seized nearly half a ton of marijuana hidden in the gas tank of a commercial tour bus attempting to cross into the United States.

At about 9:30 a.m. on March 25, a CBP officer roving through the lanes of traffic waiting to enter the U.S. screened a commercial tour bus driven by a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen with a valid border crossing card, or DSP-150. The human/narcotic dog alerted to the gas tank of the bus.

Using a fiber optic scope, CBP officers confirmed anomalies with the gas tank.

CBP officers removed 252 packages of marijuana from the gas tank, weighing about 998 pounds, and worth an estimated $600,000.

CBP seized the bus and narcotics, and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correction Center.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017