Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed in a false compartment and gas tank.
On December 28 at 2 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers when they came in contact with a 42-year-old woman driving a 1996 Plymouth Neon accompanied by another woman 40-years-old. Both women were identified as Mexican nationals and residents of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
CBP officers selected the vehicle for inspection which resulted in the discovery of packages of marijuana concealed in a non-factory compartment built into the seat cushion of the backseat as well vacuum sealed packages floating in the gas tank. The total weight of marijuana was approximately 68 pounds with an estimated street value $109,000.
CBP officers seized the marijuana and vehicle. Both women were 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.