Douglas, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 110 pounds of marijuana.
On Feb. 21, at approximately 4 p. m. CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1995 Jeep Laredo being driven by a 21-year-old man from Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team the CBP officers discovered the gas tank was loaded with packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was nearly 110 pounds with an estimated street value of $245,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana and the man was turned over to the 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.