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.
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.
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.