San Ysidro, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Saturday morning discovered about 133 pounds of cocaine concealed inside of a propane tank that was strapped to the bed of a truck.
At about 3:45 a.m., CBP officers encountered a 39-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2003 Ford F-250 pick up truck as he entered the port. A CBP officer roving the area saw the propane tank in the back of the truck and pulled the driver and vehicle aside for a more in-depth investigation.
A CBP officer ran the truck through the port's imaging system and discovered anomalies with the tank. Officers searched the tank and discovered an access panel where they extracted 55 packages of cocaine. The cocaine has a street value of $1.4 million.
CBP officers seized the cocaine and truck. The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
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.