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Tucson Woman Arrested Smuggling Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 23, 2010

Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $95,000 of marijuana concealed in a spare tire of a vehicle being driven by a Tucson woman.

Early Monday morning, CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico, at the Naco port of entry. The officers decided to look further at a Chevy Tahoe being driven by a 28-year-old woman from Tucson, Ariz. Utilizing high-tech detection equipment, officers discovered packages of marijuana concealed in the spare tire of the SUV. The total weight of marijuana was more than 40 pounds with an estimated street value of $95,000.

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

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017