Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a marijuana smuggling attempt when they seized $86,000 of marijuana concealed in a non-factory compartment constructed under the bed liner of a pick-up truck.
On January 27 at a little past 3 p.m. CBP officers became suspicious of a 1993 GMC Sierra Pick-up truck that was being driven by a 31-year-old man. The man was identified as a United States citizen and resident of Tucson, Ariz.
CBP officers searched the vehicle. Utilizing high-tech equipment, the CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment constructed under the bed liner of the pick-up truck. The non-factory compartment contained about 38 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $86,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution
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.