San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized 269 pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of a tractor pulling a trailer.
Monday a CBP officer referred the 1976 Kenworth tractor and trailer for an intensive examination.
During the inspection, a narcotic detector dog alerted to the truck. Officers then discovered 44 packages of marijuana hidden in the tires of the tractor. The marijuana has a street value of $134,500.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a 39-year-old male, Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, Mexico. Officers placed an immigration hold on the driver to initiate removal from the country at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.
The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for processing. 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.