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San Luis CBP Officers Arrest U.S. Citizen Attempting to Smuggle Nearly 245 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 10, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A 42-year-old man from Somerton, Ariz. was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle nearly 245 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the San Luis port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Daniel Munoz Paz for a secondary inspection of his GMC pickup and, with the aid of a narcotics detection dog, discovered 110 marijuana packages hidden inside an auxiliary fuel tank in the bed of the truck.

Marijuana packages hidden inside an auxiliary fuel tank.

The drugs, worth an estimated $122,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. Paz was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017