Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 115 pounds of marijuana from a Mesa, Ariz. man.
On February 23 at about 5 p m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1990 GMC pick-up truck being driven by a 26-year-old man from Mesa, Ariz., for further inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 team and high-tech tools, the CBP officers discovered a false compartment constructed into the bed of the pick-up truck. The false compartment contained packages of marijuana which had a total weight of 115 pounds with an estimated street value of $256,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. 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.