San Ysidro, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry over the weekend discovered 637 pounds in a commercial bus.
At about 12 p.m., August 26, CBP officers encountered a 56-year old male Mexican citizen driving a 1999 commercial bus as he waited in line to enter the United States. A CBP officer and his canine were screening vehicles and the detector dog alerted to the bus. The driver was ordered to the secondary inspection area for a more in-depth inspection.
CBP officers subsequently discovered 140 packages of marijuana in the fuel tank of the bus, valued at $955,000.
CBP officers seized the bus and marijuana. The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
"This is a good example of the hard work performed daily by CBP officers at ports of entry," said Assistant Port Director, Joseph Misenhelter. "Our CBP officers make a difference every day in their efforts to protect the homeland.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.