TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized a cloned vehicle yesterday filled with 933 pounds of marijuana. The truck displayed phony decals in an attempt to appear as if it was an official U.S Fish and Wildlife vehicle. (Photos available)
Douglas Station agents working near Elfrida, Ariz., attempted to stop a vehicle they suspected was being used to smuggle narcotics. The driver and passenger, both Mexican nationals illegally in the United States, fled to evade arrest. A short time later, agents found the truck, loaded with bundles of marijuana, and arrested the suspected smugglers. Fake uniforms were also found inside the vehicle.
Both subjects are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The narcotics, worth an estimated $466,500, will be turned over to the DEA.
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.