A "trusted traveler'' was arrested at the border when a drug dog sniffed out more than 76 pounds of alleged marijuana in his vehicle, which was headed for San Diego, a customs official said today.
The 23-year-old man from Mexico with a SENTRI fast-pass tried to cross the border in a Nissan Pathfinder around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Vincent Bond of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The SENTRI fast-pass is a program that allows frequent border crossers to register in advance for speedier entry into the United States. But border patrol agents asked the man to pull over for a secondary inspection after a drug-sniffing dog picked up a suspicious scent coming from the vehicle, Bond said.
Agents searched the vehicle and found 31 wrapped packages of alleged marijuana hidden in the Pathfinder's roof, he said.
The driver was taken into custody and his fast-pass revoked, according to Bond.
More than 100,000 people living on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border are currently registered with SENTRI, which stands for Secure Electronic Network for Traveler's Rapid Inspection.
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