Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they apprehended a 20-year-old man trying to smuggle crystal meth into the United States by concealing the crystal meth in the quarter panels of the vehicle he was driving.
On May 3, at a about 10:30 p.m. CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1997 Ford Thunderbird being driven by a 20-year-old man from Douglas, Ariz., for further inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team and high-tech tools, the CBP officers discovered that the quarter panels of the Thunderbird were loaded with packages of crystal meth. The total weight of crystal meth was nearly 24 pounds with an estimated street value of $1.7 million.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the crystal meth. 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.