Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt the day before Christmas, when they seized nearly 70 pounds of marijuana concealed in various hidden compartments of a vehicle.
On December 24 at about 11 a. m. CBP officers were screening travelers when they became suspicious of a 1998 Chevrolet Pick-up truck being driven by a 72-year-old man from Cananea, Sonora, Mexico.
Using high-tech tools, CBP officers searched the man's vehicle and discovered that the quarter panels, the third door, the front dash, the bench seat, and the air filter all contained packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was nearly 70 pounds with an estimated street value of $106,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to the custody of 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.