TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station, working at the State Route 90 immigration checkpoint near Whetstone, Arizona, arrested a 43-year-old Tucson man found with more than 100 pounds of marijuana on Tuesday evening.
Agents referred a Chevy Malibu for an additional inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the vehicle. When agents searched the trunk, they found multiple bundles of marijuana worth more than $58,000.
Agents seized the vehicle and drugs. The man was arrested for drug smuggling and is being held for federal prosecution.
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.