This is enough marijuana to make any drug dealer happy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry in Texas seized 216 pounds of marijuana on Friday morning. The drugs were concealed in a false bed of a pick-up truck.
The seizure was made just after 7 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019 when a male driver accompanied by a male passenger applied for entry at the primary inspection station. The two occupants were in a 2005 Ford F-150 pick-up truck.
The primary officer noted inconsistencies in the driver’s travel itinerary and sent the vehicle to secondary for an intensive inspection. In secondary the vehicle was sent for an x-ray exam where anomalies were seen within the bed of the truck. Drilling of the bed resulted in extraction of a green leafy substance which field tested positive for the properties of marijuana.
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A total of 109 bundles were extracted from the vehicle.
“Using false bed compartments in pick-up trucks is commonly used by smugglers,” said Michael Neipert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port Director, “but officer experience coupled with state of the art detection equipment leads to failed smuggling attempts.”
Customs and Border Protection officers took custody of the driver, a 21-year-old United States citizen and his 65 year old Mexican citizen passenger, both individuals were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.