San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry late Monday found five pounds of marijuana hidden in the seat of a wheelchair.
At about 11:30 p.m., a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen crossed into the U.S. in a wheelchair at the border crossing's pedestrian processing area.
A CBP officer noticed the young man displaying signs of nervousness, and requested a CBP officer with a human/narcotic detector dog screen the traveler and wheelchair. The dog alerted.
CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, and discovered 3 packages hidden inside the seat of the wheelchair. The packages contained about five pounds of marijuana.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and wheelchair, and turned custody of the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He was booked into the San Diego County Jail.
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.