Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 39 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed inside a non factory compartment built into the fire wall of a vehicle.
On June 11, CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a Ford SUV for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 32-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. With the assistance of a narcotics detection K-9 team the officers discovered the fire wall inside the engine compartment had been altered and was being used to smuggle packages of crystal meth. The total weight of the drug was nearly 39 pounds with an estimated street value of $1.7 million.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the drugs. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.
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