Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana from a 60-year-old woman.
On January 9 at about 6 p.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 60-year-old woman driving a 1989 GMC Jimmy. The woman was identified as a Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. The CBP officers became suspicious of the woman and selected her for further inspection.
The vehicle was searched and discovered that the quarter panels of the vehicle she was driving were loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was a little more than 100 pounds with an estimated street value of $162,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The woman was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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.