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California Man Busted at Douglas Port Smuggling $1 Million in Liquid Meth

Release Date: 
December 3, 2012

Douglas, Ariz. - A California man was arrested on November 30, at the Douglas Port after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered nearly 8.5 gallons of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of his 1998 Honda Accord.

A CBP narcotics detection canine was used to confirm the presence of drugs and after the fuel tank was removed, CBP found nine containers of liquid meth valued at more than $1 million.

A CBP narcotics detection canine was used to confirm the presence of drugs and after the fuel tank was removed, CBP found nine containers of liquid meth valued at more than $1 million.

When Vasa Major, 41, a resident of Campbell, Calif., applied for entry at the border, he was directed to a secondary inspection area where officers noticed his gas tank appeared to have been modified. A CBP narcotics detection canine was used to confirm the presence of drugs. After officers removed the fuel tank, they found nine containers of liquid meth valued at $1,027,774.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Major was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint which is the method that a person is charged with criminal activity, raising no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP officers working Arizona's ports of entry are assigned to the Tucson Office of Field Operations and are responsible for securing this nation's borders. Although their primary mission is anti-terrorism, CBP officers must screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. The CBP mission also includes traditional border-related duties such as narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration law; protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases; and enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017