Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized approximately 112 pounds of marijuana concealed under the back seat of a vehicle being driven by a Gilbert, Ariz. woman.
On February 4, at 1:30 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers when they came in contact with a 45-year-old woman driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The woman was identified as a United States citizen and resident of Gilbert, Ariz.
The CBP officers selected the vehicle for inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team, the CBP officers discovered packages of marijuana concealed under the back seat of the vehicle that the Gilbert woman was driving. The total weight of marijuana was approximately 112 pounds with an estimated street value $252,000.
CBP officers seized the marijuana and vehicle. The woman was turned over to 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.