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.
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.