San Diego— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Thursday discovered 551 pounds of marijuana within the tires of a big-rig truck, valued at almost $250,000.
On December 12, at about 3:15 p.m. a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the cargo port for inspection driving a 1995 Kenworth commercial tractor without a trailer. The CBP officer noticed anomalies with the tires and utilized a density meter which displayed an abnormal reading. The driver and conveyance were referred for a more intensive examination.
CBP officers utilized a detector dog and the port’s imaging system to inspect the truck. Officers found 227 packages of marijuana concealed within eight of the rear tires of the truck.
The driver was arrested and transported to the San Diego Central Jail.
CBP officers seized the marijuana and conveyance.
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.