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Teen Smuggling Marijuana in Bike Tires Stopped by CBP

Release Date: 
February 18, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Wednesday stopped an unusual smuggling attempt: marijuana hidden inside the tires of a mountain bike.

At about 3 p.m., an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Tijuana brought his bicycle to the pedestrian border crossing at San Ysidro. The CBP officer inspected the bicycle and felt discrepancies in the tires.

The inner tube of a bike tire conceals marijuana bundles.

The inner tube of a bike tire conceals marijuana bundles.

Officers ran the mountain bike through an X-ray and saw abnormalities in the tires. A CBP narcotic detector dog screened the bike and alerted.

Officers removed the bike's tires and found marijuana stuffed into the tire tubes, one package inside each tire. The packages contained more than two and a half pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $1,312.

CBP seized the bicycle and narcotics and turned custody of the teen over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents; he is currently being held at the San Diego County Jail.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017