Naco, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they seized $729,000 of marijuana concealed in a mattress at the Naco, Ariz., Port of Entry.
CBP officers screening traffic coming from Mexico on Saturday selected a Chevrolet pickup truck full of furniture for further inspection. The truck was being driven by a 30-year-old man from Naco, Sonora, Mexico. With the assistance of a special K-9 team, the officers discovered that a mattress was stuffed with packages of marijuana weighing nearly 330 pounds. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $729,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.