San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry arrested a 36-year old man Wednesday in connection with a failed marijuana smuggling attempt.
"The officers perform their enforcement efforts day-in and day-out, which demonstrates their dedication. A successful seizure like this one makes me very proud," said Robert L. Schroeder, acting Port Director.
The case unfolded when CBP officers processing inbound travelers referred a man driving a Ford F-250 into the vehicle secondary lot for further inspection. The truck was screened by a CBP canine team that alerted the officers to the auxiliary fuel tank area. Officers examined the auxiliary tank and discovered 15 bundles of marijuana with a total weight of approximately 224.4 pounds and an estimated street value of $502,656.
The man was immediately arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
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.