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Sophisticated Smuggling Attempt by Tempe Man At the Douglas Port of Entry

Release Date: 
January 25, 2011

Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a sophisticated smuggling attempt when they seized 28 pounds of marijuana concealed inside special made metal cylinders concealed in a gas tank.

On Jan. 23 at approximately 2 p.m. CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 2004 PT Cruiser for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 21-year-old man who was identified as a U.S. citizen and resident of Tempe. With the assistance of a narcotics detection K-9 team the CBP officers discovered that the gas tank of the PT Cruiser contained 25 metal cylinders. Each cylinder contained marijuana that had been loaded by means of a hydraulic press and then capped off so as not to be contaminated by the gasoline. The total weight of marijuana was 28 pounds with an estimated value of $13,000.

The vehicle's gas tank contained 25 metal cylinders concealed in a gas tank, which were filled with marijuana.

CBP officers at Douglas, Ariz. seized 28 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the gas tank of a vehicle that was inspected as it entered the United States from Mexico.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017