290 packages of Dope concealed in tires, fuel tank
TUCSON, Ariz. – A 26-year-old Mexican national was arrested Sept. 4 in a failed attempt to smuggle more than 290 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Hector Alonso Reyes-Mejia of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico for a secondary search of his Dodge truck.
During the search, officers found packages of marijuana concealed within the tires, as well as the fuel tank. The marijuana’s estimated value exceeded $146,000.
This follows a 200 pound marijuana seizure on Sept. 2, worth $106,000. In that incident, officers located packages of drugs scattered throughout the vehicle.
Reyes was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.
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.