TUCSON, Ariz. – Ajo Station Border Patrol agents working with a canine at the State Route 85 North immigration checkpoint on Wednesday seized almost $199,000 worth of marijuana found in a cloned utility van.
When the van, driven by a 39-year old male U.S. citizen, approached the immigration checkpoint, a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Inside the van, within plain sight, there were numerous blocks wrapped in brown cellophane tape, later determined to be marijuana.
Agents immediately arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling, seized the van and more than 396 pounds of marijuana.
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.