SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday discovered 261 pounds of marijuana hidden in the bed of a truck.
On March 19, at about 3 a.m., a CBP officer encountered a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 1994 Dodge Ram pickup when he entered the port for inspection. The CBP officer noticed a discrepancy with the truck bed and pulled the driver and truck aside for a more intensive examination.
Upon further inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers found a non-factory compartment built below the truck bed containing packages. Officer's extracted 54 wrapped packages of marijuana valued at $156,000.
The driver, a resident of San Diego, was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized the truck and marijuana.
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.