Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry arrested an Arlington man after finding marijuana stashed throughout his vehicle.
Early Thursday morning, officers inspecting traffic entering the country from Mexico referred a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup truck for intensive inspection after a CBP drug detector canine alerted to the vehicle.
Using a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 85 packages hidden throughout the passenger compartment of the pickup. The packages contained a total of 86 pounds of marijuana, valued at $86,000. The driver, a 27-year-old Arlington resident, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"We are committed to keeping illicit drugs from entering the country," said Michael Perez, CBP Port Director, Del Rio. "Our CBP officers continue to perform at a high level of professionalism."
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.