SAN YSIDRO (CNS) – A 56-year-old Mexican national was in custody today after trying to drive a commercial bus packing nearly $1 million worth of marijuana into San Diego via the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“This is a good example of the hard work performed daily by CBP officers at ports of entry,” said Joseph Misenhelter, assistant port director. “Our CBP officers make a difference every day in their efforts to protect the homeland.”
The man was driving a 1999 commercial bus and in line to enter the United States about noon Sunday when a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to something suspicious in the vehicle, said CBP spokeswoman Angelica De Cima. Officers inspected the bus and found 140 packages containing 637 pounds of marijuana in its fuel tank, she said.
The pot, valued at $955,000, was seized, along with the bus, and the driver arrested, De Cima said.