Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized more than 60 pounds of marijuana concealed in the back-seat of a vehicle.
On January 11 at 2:30 p.m. CBP officers were screening travelers when they became suspicious of a 2002 Nissan XTerra being driven by a 28-year-old woman from Naco, Sonora, Mexico. CBP officers searched the woman's vehicle and discovered that a non-factory compartment had been built underneath the back seat and was loaded with packages of marijuana. The officers removed more than 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $135,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation 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.