Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Wednesday stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 170 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a false floor in the bed of a pickup truck, port officials announced today.
On Aug. 28, at approximately 7:45 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic entering the U.S. from Mexico and selected a 1998 Dodge Dakota driven by a 29-year-old man for inspection. The man was identified as a U.S. citizen and resident of Douglas, Ariz.
With the assistance of a narcotics detection canine unit, officers discovered a non-factory compartment built into the bed of the pickup truck that was being used to smuggle packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 170 pounds with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to 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.