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U.S. Border Patrol K-9 Teams Discover Nearly $127K of Marijuana

Release Date: 
March 29, 2011

Pine Valley, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a 41-year-old male Mexican national on Saturday for attempting to smuggle more than 76 pounds of marijuana.

Seized Marijuana

Photo Credit:Photo Courtesy of CBP/Border Patrol

Agents encountered the man at approximately 7:45 a.m., as he arrived at the checkpoint driving a blue 1996 GMC Sierra pickup truck. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team was summoned and performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.

Border Patrol agents utilized non-intrusive inspection technology and detected numerous anomalies inside the vehicle's gas tank. Upon further inspection, agents noticed evidence of tampering on the undercarriage of the vehicle. Agents removed the gas tank and located a non-factory compartment which contained 76.81 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $46,000.

The suspected smuggler and the illegal drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. The GMC Sierra truck was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Earlier that morning at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Border Patrol K-9 team was following the footprints of a group of suspected illegal aliens approximately 300 yards north of the international boundary fence near Campo, Calif. The Border Patrol K-9 alerted to an odor emanating from nearby brush, and the team subsequently found 12 large bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 134.47 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $80,000.

The drugs were transported to a local Border Patrol station and turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. No arrests were made in relation to the abandoned drugs.

To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017