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1,000 pounds of pot found, one arrested

May 07, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — U.S. Customers Service inspectors at the downtown Port of Entry here arrested a 20-year-old Sacramento man after they seized a truck packed with 1,000 pounds of marijuana Sunday night.

A press release from the Customs Service stated the seizure was made about 9 p.m. as the pickup's driver, Dewayne Joseph Ricks, was attempting to cross into the U.S.

Ricks appeared nervous when he told inspectors he had nothing to declare stated the press release.

A Customs canine unit then alerted inspectors of the possibility of narcotics in the vehicle. An inspector also noticed an abnormally high reading on a portable density meter when he placed it near one of the side panels of the vehicle.

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After searching through the panel, inspectors found a green, leafy substance identified as marijuana.

The panels were removed and inspectors found a total of 130 wrapped packages of marijuana weighing about 1,011 pounds.

Ricks was arrested and was taken to county jail.

In a separate incident, inspectors seized 76.5 pounds of cocaine Friday night at the downtown port and arrested Santiago Marron, 19, and Veronica Dina Hernandez, 19, both of San Bernardino.

The case started unfolding after a canine unit from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detected a possible narcotic in the vehicle.

Customs agents searched the vehicle and found a compartment under the rear seat of the vehicle containing 44 packages of cocaine.

The two were arrested and taken to county jail.

Because of computer problems at the jail, information on bail amounts was not available this morning.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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