San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized more than 465 pounds of marijuana this past weekend at the San Luis port of entry.
"This load was possible due to the vigilance and dedication of our CBP officers in enforcing the laws of the United States," said CBP Port Director William K. Brooks.
On November 30, at approximately 12:21 p.m., a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 57-year-old male U.S. citizen arrived at the San Luis port of entry from Mexico. A primary officer, screening vehicles and persons coming from Mexico, referred the vehicle to secondary for a more thorough inspection based on discrepancies with the vehicle.
CBP officers at secondary, assisted by a K-9 unit, discovered 84 packages concealed in the spare diesel tank of the truck. The officers extracted more than 465 pounds of marijuana and arrested the driver. Special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement were notified for further investigation. The marijuana and vehicle were seized and the driver was turned over to ICE agents. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $744,304.
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.