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CBP Officers in Douglas Discover Marijuana Concealed with Wet Laundry

Release Date: 
January 28, 2010

Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized about 25 pounds of marijuana concealed in a laundry basket full of wet clothes.

On January 27 at about 5:30 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 27-year-old woman driving a 2010 Ford Fusion. The woman was identified as a Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

Packages of marijuana are concealed under wet laundry.

Packages of marijuana are concealed under wet laundry.

The CBP officers became suspicious of the woman and selected her for further inspection. The vehicle was searched by CBP officers and discovered that the laundry basket full of wet clothes was concealing packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was about 25 pounds with an estimated street value of $56,000.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The woman was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017