Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized approximately 110 pounds of marijuana concealed in the doors and quarter panels of a vehicle.
On December 2 at about 10 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 45-year-old man driving a 1999 Ford Escort. The man was identified as a Mexican National from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. The CBP officers selected the vehicle for inspection.
With the assistance of Narcotics Detection K-9 Team the vehicle was searched. It was discovered that the doors and quarter panels of the Ford Escort were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was approximately 110 pounds with an estimated street value $176,000
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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.