Naco, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers yesterday stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized 60 pounds of marijuana concealed in the bumpers of a vehicle.
CBP officers were screening travelers about 3:30 p.m. when they became suspicious of a 1989 Ford Escort being driven by an 18-year-old woman from Sierra Vista, Arizona. Using high-tech tools, officers searched the woman's vehicle and discovered that both bumpers of the vehicle she was driving were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 60 pounds with an estimated street value of $96,000.
CBP seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in significant numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.