Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 14 pounds of marijuana concealed in the front quarter panels of a vehicle.
On February 6 at about 5 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 26-year-old woman driving a The woman was identified as a Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
The CBP officers became suspicious of the woman and selected her for further inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team, CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered that the quarter panels of the vehicle were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was a nearly 14 pounds with an estimated street value of $31,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. 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.