CBP Officers Apprehend Cyclist Allegedly Smuggling Marijuana in Bike Tire
Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East port of entry Wednesday apprehended a cyclist after discovering marijuana concealed inside a bicycle tire.
On Jan. 8, shortly before noon, CBP officers encountered a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen after he arrived at the port riding a bicycle. An officer screened the bicycle through the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies inside the rear tire. The man was escorted to a secure area for further inspection.
Officers searched the bicycle and subsequently removed 16 wrapped packages of marijuana from inside the tire. The narcotics yielded a total weight of almost nine pounds, with an estimated street value of $4,000.
The man, a resident of Calexico, California, was turned over to the custody of deputies with the Imperial County Sherriff’s Office for further processing.
CBP seized the narcotics.