SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro port of entry Friday discovered almost 1,500 pounds of marijuana concealed inside pieces of wooden furniture.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m., on August 19, when a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen entered the San Ysidro border crossing driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pick-up truck hauling a 16-foot open trailer with furniture. A CBP canine team screening vehicles alerted to the trailer. Both the driver and vehicle were escorted for a more in-depth inspection.
While conducting an intensive inspection of the trailer, officers discovered large packages of marijuana hidden inside the 12 pieces of wooden furniture. A total of 60 wrapped packages were retrieved with an estimated street value of approximately $735,000.
“This is another great result of the diligence of the men and women of CBP, who work tirelessly to protect our nation from dangerous drugs,” said San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Port Director Sidney Aki. “Their ability to interdict contraband at the port of entry is a perfect example of CBP’s efforts to secure our border, and prevent these dangerous drugs from entering our community.”
The driver, a resident of Pasadena, Calif., was arrested for suspected drug smuggling and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing. CBP seized the vehicle, trailer, furniture, and marijuana.
The man was later transported to the San Diego County Jail to await arraignment.
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.