Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized 145 pounds of marijuana concealed in the rocker panels of a vehicle they were searching.
On December 19 at 5 a.m., CBP officers were screening travelers when they became suspicious of a 1994 Chrysler Caravan being driven by a 23-year-old man who was identified as a resident of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. Utilizing high-tech equipment, the CBP officers searched the man's vehicle and discovered that the rocker panels were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 145 pounds with an estimated street value of $230,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. 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.