Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized more than 154 pounds of marijuana concealed in the tires of a vehicle belonging to a woman from Wichita, Kan.
On January 31 at about 10:30 a.m. CBP officers at the Douglas port of entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 28-year-old woman driving a 2004 Dodge Durango. The woman was identified as a United States citizen and resident of Wichita, Kan. The CBP officers selected the vehicle for inspection. With the assistance of a special trained K-9 Team the vehicle was searched by CBP officers.
It was discovered that all four tires had metal collars attached to the inside of the rim and all the collars were loaded with marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was 154 pounds with an estimated street value of $345,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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.