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CBP Officers Apprehend Cyclist Allegedly Smuggling Marijuana in Bike Tire

Release Date: 
January 10, 2014

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017