Douglas, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt recently when they seized 120 pounds of freeze dried marijuana.
On April 28, CBP officers screening traffic coming from Mexico selected a 1995 Ford Escort for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 22-year-old-man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
With the assistance of high-tech tools, the CBP officers discovered several packages hidden in the quarter panels of the car. The packages contained freeze dried marijuana with a total weight 120 pounds and an estimated street value of $1.1 million.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further questioning
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.