Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 169 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a propane tank located in the bed of a 2000 Chevrolet tool truck.
Wednesday, at about 7:40 a.m. after officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team encountered a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen as he waited in line for inspection. A narcotic detector dog screening waiting vehicles alerted to the bed of the truck and officers escorted the driver to an inspection area for further investigation.
An intensive examination of the vehicle revealed an access plate at the bottom of the propane tank. Officers removed the plate and discovered 25 wrapped packages of marijuana, valued at $169,000, concealed inside the tank.
The driver was arrested for the smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who transported the driver to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.
CBP seized the marijuana and vehicle.
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.