San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry yesterday arrested a SENTRI participant after officers discovered 74 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle he was driving.
At about 10:30 a.m., the 41-year-old male Tijuana resident entered the port through a designated SENTRI lane, driving a 2004 Dodge Durango, and was referred for a more in-depth inspection.
During the inspection of the vehicle, officers screened the Durango with a detector dog that alerted to the gas tank area of the vehicle. After the gas tank was removed, officers extracted 28 wrapped packages of marijuana, valued at $44,400.
The driver, a citizen of Mexico, was transported to the San Diego County Jail to await arraignment. CBP seized the vehicle and marijuana, and cancelled his SENTRI privileges.
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.