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Saturday May 26, 2012

701 Pound of Pot Found in Gas Tank of Bus Carrying 22 Passengers

701 Pound of Pot Found in Gas Tank of Bus Carrying 22 Passengers

Photo: Marijuana packages in gas tank compartment in commercial bus - CBP

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning discovered 701 pounds of marijuana in the gas tank of a commercial bus.

At about 7 a.m., a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen, driving a 1994 Prevo commercial bus entered the port for inspection with 22 passengers. A canine team was screening vehicles in the area when the detector dog alerted to the right side of the buses undercarriage.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection of the bus and found a specially-built, hidden compartment in the gas tank. They removed 177 packages from the compartment containing marijuana worth an estimated $350,000.

The driver, a resident Tijuana, Mexico, was arrested and booked for the attempted illegal importation of narcotics

More information about the CBP drug bust can be found here