U.S. Customs photo Axle concealed $3.900 in marijuana.
A 43-year-old Mexican male from Agua Prieta, Sonora, attempted to enter the United States through a Douglas Port vehicle lane. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection after CBP officers noticed anomalies in the rear axle. A more intensive inspection yielded a concealed package of marijuana weighing eight and one-half pounds, with an estimated value of $3,825. The vehicle and marijuana were seized by CBP.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, unprecedented shifts in staffing and infrastructure at the ports of Arizona have brought a higher level of focus and intensity to their operations. These shifts have resulted in higher narcotics interceptions and tougher outbound enforcement operations yielding record illicit currency, weapons, and wanted felon interceptions.