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.
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.
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.