Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized 155 pounds of marijuana from a 50-year-old man.
On March 30 at a little past 7 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1995 Chevy pick-up for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 50-year-old man from Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team the CBP officers discovered that the gas tank contained metal boxes full of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 155 pounds with an estimated street value of $346,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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.