More than 800 pounds of pot seized at San Ysidro border crossing
An Oceanside man was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 810 pounds of marijuana in his trailer during an inspection at the San Ysidro border on Sunday.
The encounter was one of a dozen seizures made over the weekend at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry, CBP officers said.
The seizure of the hundreds of pounds of pot began around 2 p.m. when an officer and his drug-sniffing dog were screening people and vehicles waited in line for inspection.
The dog "alerted" on a trailer holding a motorcycle that was being towed by a 2000 Ford-F150 driven by the 52-year-old suspect in the case.
Once the dog showed interest in the trailer, officers handcuffed the driver and pulled his vehicle in for a closer look.
An x-ray exam of the trailer turned up irregularities on the front wall. There, officers discovered 37 packages of marijuana wrapped in cellophane, weighing 810 pounds. The illegal weed has an estimated street value of $486,000, officers said.
The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and CBP officers seized the marijuana, the truck, trailer and motorcycle.
From 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, officers intercepted 11 more attempts to smuggle drugs into the U.S. The seizures totaling 350 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine valued at over $866,000. The drugs were hidden in various locations in the vehicles such as in the roof, gas tank, dashboard, and bumpers, CBP officers said.
September 14, 4:55 PMSan Diego Crime Examiner Steve Perez