Border Patrol agents seize over 200 pounds of marijuana at a checkpoint

On May 12, 2009 Border Patrol agents performing checkpoint operations on Interstate 8 in Pine Valley seized over 200 pounds of marijuana hidden inside three vehicles.

The largest seizure took place at about 10:15 a.m., when Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint stopped a Dodge Dakota pickup truck with license plates from Baja California. A Border Patrol canine team was summoned and alerted agents to the presence of contraband. A search of the inside of the truck led to the discovery of 40 bundles of marijuana stuffed into the dashboard area. An additional 16 bundles were discovered inside all four tires of the truck. The 56 bundles of marijuana had a combined weight of approximately 154.6 pounds.

Other drug seizures at the Interstate 8 checkpoint included a 9 a.m. vehicle stop that involved the discovery of 23 bundles of marijuana hidden inside a compartment under the floorboard of a Mercury Cougar driven by a 20-year-old male resident of Calexico, Calif. Also around 1:30 p.m., agents stopped a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 23-year-old male Mexican national and seized 19 bundles of marijuana crammed inside the vehicle's spare tire.The total weight of marijuana from these three seizures was 203.2.

The drivers and the illicit narcotics were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force.

Source: US Customs and Border Protection

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