TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from Tucson Sector’s Sonoita Station seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana earlier today from a Benson woman.
At approximately 5 a.m., a Border Patrol agent stopped a Mitsubishi Montero on State Route 83, north of Sonoita, for an immigration inspection. While questioning the driver, the agent noticed a piece of black plywood separating the cabin from the rest of the vehicle. The agent subsequently searched the vehicle with his canine partner and discovered 50 bundles of marijuana in the back.
The marijuana, worth in excess of half-a-million dollars, was seized and the driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested for smuggling a controlled substance.
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.