CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 169 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a propane tank located in the bed of a white 2000 Chevrolet tool truck.
The seizure occurred yesterday, October 26th, at about 7:40 a.m. after officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) encountered a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen as he waited in line for inspection. A narcotic detector dog screening waiting vehicles alerted to the bed of the truck and officers escorted the driver to the secondary area for further investigation.
An intensive examination of the vehicle revealed an access plate at the bottom of the propane tank. Officers removed the plate and discovered 25 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside the tank valued at $169,000.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who transported the driver to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.
CBP seized the marijuana and vehicle.