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Drugs found in SUV fuel tank, tires

Drugs found in SUV fuel tank, tires
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:38pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 184 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $147,200.

The seizure happened just after 7:00 a.m. when a 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer arrived from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an exam and noticed the driver was nervous during a routine interview. The vehicle was selected for a secondary exam. A CBP officer used a fiber optic scope to examine the fuel tank and spotted bundles inside. X-ray equipment was also used. The vehicle was dismantled and CBP officers discovered vacuum sealed bags of marijuana in the fuel tank and metal marijuana-filled collars attached to the rims of the vehicles tires.

CBP officers held the driver, 25-year-old Edgar Omar Calderon Arzaga of Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

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