TUCSON, Ariz. – Willcox Station Border Patrol agents at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 90 near Whetstone arrested a 35-year-old Texas man Wednesday after finding 45 bundles of marijuana, worth approximately $413,000, in the back of a box truck he was driving.
Agents conducting immigration checks referred the driver to a secondary inspection area after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. While in secondary, agents opened the back of the truck and discovered the marijuana inside.
Agents seized the drugs and truck, while the driver, a U.S. citizen, faces smuggling charges.
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.