More than 200 pounds of drugs were bundled up and arrange to look like the bed of a pick-up truck in an attempt to fool law enforcement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
CBP officers discovered the drugs as the truck tried to pass through the Presidio Port of Entry at about 7 a.m. on Friday.
Two men were riding in the truck, a 2005 Ford F-150, when an officer noticed inconsistencies in the driver’s travel itinerary and sent the truck for a second inspection. Officers found anomalies during an X-ray and then discovered a leafy substance while drilling into the bed of the truck.
When they picked up the bed of the truck they found 109 bundles of marijuana.
The driver, a 21-year-old citizen, and the passenger, a 65-year-old Mexican citizen, were arrested on suspicion of smuggling and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Using false bed compartments in pick-up trucks is commonly used by smugglers,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director, in a news release, “but officer experience coupled with state of the art detection equipment leads to failed smuggling attempts.”