Naco, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized 60 pounds of marijuana concealed in the bumpers, fenders, and rocker panels of a vehicle that sought entry into the United States through the Naco, Ariz. port of entry Thursday.
At about 7:30 p.m. CBP officers became suspicious of a Ford Escape being driven by a 20-year-old woman from Sierra Vista, Ariz. Guided by high-tech scanning tools, CBP officers searched the woman's vehicle and discovered that the bumpers, fenders and rocker panels of her vehicle were loaded with packages of marijuana weighting about 60 pounds. The estimated street value of the marijuana was $96,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman 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.