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CBP Officers Seize $216,000 of Marijuana at Douglas Port of Entry

Release Date: 
July 16, 2010

Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized 135 pounds of marijuana concealed in the gas tank of a vehicle being driven by a 24-year-old man.

On July 15 just after 7 a. m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1998 Chevy Tahoe for inspection.

The vehicle was being driven by a 24-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. With the assistance of a narcotics detection K-9 team, the CBP officers discovered that the gas tank contained metal boxes full of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 135 pounds with an estimated street value of $216,000.

Metal boxes containing marijuana were discovered within a gas tank by CBP officers with help from canine narcotics detection dogs.

Metal boxes containing marijuana were discovered within a gas tank by CBP officers with help from canine narcotics detection dogs.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and the 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017