Douglas, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they arrested a Phoenix man for attempting to smuggle 154 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
On Feb. 20, at approximately 1 p. m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up truck being driven by a 22-year-old man from Phoenix for further inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team the CBP officers discovered the rims of the truck had special steel collars attached to the inside of the rims and were full of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was more than 150 pounds with an estimated street value of $344,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana and 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.