Douglas, Ariz. -U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt at the Douglas, Ariz., Port of Entry when a large mobile X-ray unit detected more than 300 pounds of marijuana concealed in concrete tables.
CBP officers were screening commercial traffic coming from Mexico on Monday when they selected a commercial semi-trailer load of concrete furniture for inspection. The semi-trailer was driven by a 33-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Utilizing a large mobile high-tech x-ray unit, CBP officers were able to detect anomalies embedded deep in the concrete structures.
Further inspection by the officers revealed that concrete structures were filled with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was more than 300 pounds with an estimated street value of $2.8 million.
CBP officers seized the semi-trailer and the marijuana. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further questioning.
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.