U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped a smuggling attempt when they seized 178 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $106,800 on March 13.
A 38-year-old U.S. Citizen male from Phoenix, Ariz., attempted entry to the United States at the Douglas Port vehicle lane. A CBP officer observed nervous behavior and referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection. During a more intensive inspection, officers discovered tampering of the vehicle gas tank. Subsequently, a narcotics detector dog alerted positively to the vehicle resulting in the discovery of marijuana concealed in the gas tank and spare tire. A total of 45 bundles were removed from the gas tank and 29 bundles removed from the spare tire.
The narcotics weighed almost 178 pounds with an estimated street value of $106,800. The vehicle and narcotics were seized and the man was taken into custody and turned over to ICE HSI for further investigation.