CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial facility on Monday stopped an attempt to smuggle 1,832 pounds of marijuana within the false wall compartment of an empty trailer.
The incident occurred at about 6:08 p.m., Jan. 30, when a CBP officer encountered a 2009 empty tractor trailer as it entered the cargo facility. The officer referred the conveyance for a more in-depth examination.
During the examination, officers utilized the port’s imaging system and observed anomalies within the front wall of the empty trailer. A canine team was dispatched to search the trailer and the detector dog alerted to the wall.
CBP officers searched the conveyance and discovered 75 large wrapped packages stacked inside a non-factory compartment in the front wall of the empty trailer. The packages field-tested positive for marijuana and have a street value of approximately $732,800.
The driver, a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further investigation.
CBP seized the marijuana, tractor, and trailer.