DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they apprehended a 21-year-old man trying to smuggle marijuana taped to his body.
On Dec. 31 at approximately 2:30 p.m., CBP officers were screening travelers when they observed a 21-year-old man who was wearing a bulky coat and appeared to be very nervous. The man was identified as a U.S citizen and resident of Tucson. The CBP officers searched the man and found that he had packages of marijuana taped to his torso. The total weight of marijuana was approximately two pounds with an estimated value of $1,000.
CBP officers seized the marijuana. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for questioning.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.