Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized more than 240 pounds of marijuana concealed under the back seat in a non-factory compartment of a Nissan XTerra.
On Oct. 2, at approximately 10 p.m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico when they selected a 2000 Nissan XTerra for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 22-year-old woman identified as a U.S. citizens and resident of Douglas, Ariz. With the assistance of narcotics detection K-9 team the CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment built under the back seat of the Nissan which was full of packages of marijuana. The total weight of marijuana was more than 240 pounds with an estimated street value of $2.2 million.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and the marijuana. The woman was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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 U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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.