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CBP Officers Seize Truck With Marijuana-Filled Tires

Release Date: 
October 26, 2010

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.

A service canine alerted officers to the presence of the marijuana.

CBP officers at Otay Mesa discovered 269 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a truck tire.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017