Customs photo A total of 13 packages of cocaine was found in the frame of a vehicle.
A 19-year-old U.S. citizen male from Laveen, Ariz., attempted entry to the United States at a 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 frame rails. Subsequently, a narcotics detector dog alerted positively to the same area resulting in the discovery of 13 bundles of cocaine which were removed from the rails. The vehicle and narcotics were seized and the man was taken into custody and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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.