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CBP Officers Seize $109,000 in Marijuana in Douglas

Release Date: 
December 30, 2009

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017