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CBP Seizes 268 Pounds of Marijuana Stuffed in Minivan

Release Date: 
August 6, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry stopped a suspected drug smuggler's attempt on Wednesday to smuggle across the border more than 268 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a passenger van.

Packages of drugs hidden behind a minivan wall tumble out.

A CBP officer pulls a wall of a minivan, revealing packages of marijuana.

While roving in the vehicle lanes waiting to cross into the U.S. a narcotic detector dog alerted to a van, which in turn led officers to investigate further. Officers conducted a preliminary inspection and discovered packages of marijuana. The vehicle entered the port from Mexico at around 7:30 p.m.

Officers conducted a thorough inspection of the vehicle and its contents with an x-ray machine in the vehicle secondary inspection area; Officers removed 81 packages of marijuana valued at almost $170,800 concealed in the dash and walls of the van.

CBP seized the vehicle and drugs and turned over the suspected smuggler, a 45-year-old Mexican female, to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017