Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when a special trained CBP K-9 team discovered nearly 30 pounds of marijuana concealed in the rocker panels of a vehicle attempting entry into the United States.
On January 21 at about 12:30 a.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 20-year-old man driving a 2003 Mitsubishi. The man was identified as a Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
The CBP officers became suspicious of the man and selected him for further inspection. The vehicle was searched by a special trained K-9 team and discovered that the rocker panels of the Mitsubishi were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was nearly 30 pounds with an estimated street value of $67,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The man 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.