Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt and arrested a Douglas, Arizona resident when they seized more than 45 pounds of marijuana concealed in his vehicle.
On Oct. 19, at approximately 8 p. m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico when they selected an Oldsmobile Alero for further inspection. With the assistance of a narcotics detection dog, CBP officers discovered more than 45 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicles' quarter panels. The marijuana has an estimated value of more than $85,000.
The marijuana and vehicle were seized, and the driver, a 20-year-old man and citizen of the United States, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
"The consequences of a decision to attempt smuggling are serious," said Michael Humphries, area port director for the Douglas and Naco ports of entry. "CBP personnel remain vigilant against any element that threatens our nation or our people."
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.