Naco, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they seized $237,000 of marijuana concealed in a false compartment built into the bed of a pick-up truck.
On Feb. 20, at about 7 a.m. CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1991 Dodge Dakota pick-up being driven by a 24-year-old man from Cananea, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection. Utilizing high-tech tools the CBP officers discovered marijuana concealed in a false compartment built into the front portion of the Dodge Dakota. The total weight of marijuana was 106 pounds with an estimated street value of $237,000.
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.
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