Agents referred the driver for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. During the search, agents discovered a non-factory compartment in the vehicle’s floorboards, containing more than 60 bricks of marijuana.
The driver, a male 20-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged with smuggling a controlled substance. The marijuana, worth close to $55,000, and vehicle were transported to the Willcox Border Patrol station for processing per Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.