SAN YSIDRO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry recently discovered approximately 1,071 pounds of marijuana hidden in the gas tank of a commercial bus.
On Wednesday, May 1, CBP officers encountered a 56-year-old male citizen of Mexico driving a commercial bus as he waited in line for inspection. A CBP officer noticed something was awry and asked for assistance from a CBP canine team. The CBP officer and his canine screened the conveyance and the dog alerted to the bus. The driver and bus were pulled aside for a more in-depth investigation.
CBP officers then ran the bus through an imaging system that showed anomalies with the gas tank. Officers searched the bus and found 110 marijuana packages inside the gas tank, weighing about 1,071 pounds with a street value of $482,000.
CBP officers seized the bus and marijuana. 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.