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CBP Officers in Southern California Discover Marijuana in Two Commercial Buses

Release Date: 
October 25, 2012

San Ysidro, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry discovered approximately 399 pounds of marijuana hidden in two commercial buses after they entered the port from Mexico yesterday morning.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry discovered approximately 399 pounds of marijuana hidden in two commercial buses after they entered the port from Mexico yesterday morning.

On Wednesday morning, at about 8 a.m., CBP officers encountered a 43-year-old male citizen of Mexico, driving a commercial bus as he waited in line for inspection. A CBP officer and his canine were screening vehicles when the dog alerted to the undercarriage of the bus. The driver and conveyance were pulled aside for a more in-depth investigation.

A CBP officer searched the bus and found marijuana packages inside the air conditioning unit. Officers subsequently extracted a total of 95 packages, weighing about 343 pounds with a street value of $514,000.

CBP officers seized the bus and marijuana. The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

About a half hour earlier, CBP officers encountered the 38-year-old male driver of another bus after he entered the port for inspection. A CBP officer and his canine screened the conveyance and the detector dog alerted to the undercarriage of the bus.

CBP officers examined the undercarriage of the bus and found marijuana packages wedged in the undercarriage. A total of nine packages, weighing 56 pounds, were found with a street value of $84,000.

CBP officers seized the bus and marijuana. The driver, a Mexican citizen, was arrested and transported to the San Diego County Jail.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017