Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 350 pounds of marijuana from a 20 year-old Phoenix man.
On February 4, CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 20-year-old man driving a 1999 Dodge pick-up. The man was identified as a U.S citizen and resident of Phoenix.
The CBP officers selected the vehicle for inspection. With the assistance of a k-9 team the vehicle was searched, and it was discovered that the bed of the Dodge pick-up had been completely altered to accommodate the concealment of nearly 350 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value $782,000.
CBP Officers seized the vehicle and 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.