Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a marijuana smuggling attempt when a K-9 team detected marijuana concealed in a deep compartment constructed in the dash area of a vehicle.
On Monday November 30 at about 9:30 p.m., CBP officers became suspicious of a 2001 Oldsmobile driven by a 20-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. CBP officers utilized a narcotics detection K-9 team to search the vehicle and discovered marijuana concealed in a compartment that had been constructed deep inside the dash area.
The officers had to take the front fender wells off in order to access the marijuana. The total weight of marijuana seized was more than 30 pounds with an estimated street value of $50,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman was turned over to the custody of 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.