CBP in Andrade Finds 128 Packages of Marijuana throughout Vehicle

Total of 221 Pounds

ANDRADE, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of entry on Wednesday discovered 128 packages of marijuana in the gas tank, all four doors, and both rear quarter-panels of a 1999 Dodge Durango.

On January 12 at 4 p.m., a CBP officer encountered the 25-year-old male driver of the Durango accompanied by a 28-year-old female and her minor child when they entered the port for inspection.  The officer determined the vehicle and occupants needed a more intensive examination so he pulled them aside.

During the inspection, officers found marijuana packages hidden throughout the vehicle: 52 packages in the gas tank and 76 in the vehicle’s doors and rear-quarter panels.  Total weight of the marijuana was 221 pounds, with street value of more than $100,000.

The driver and female passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested.  The minor child, also a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the custody of a member of the mother’s family.

CBP seized the vehicle and marijuana.