Arizona Borders: Marijuana Hiding Places

31 January 2016   US Customs and Border Patrol
In gas tanks, under carpet, tucked inside tires. There is nothing new in smuggling.
CBP Officers, Canine Find Marijuana in Gas Tank

January 29, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized 74 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, worth an estimated $37,000, hidden in the fuel tank of a vehicle attempting to enter the United States through Arizona’s Port of Lukeville.

After CBP officers selected a Chevrolet truck for a secondary inspection, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the drugs. Officers arrested the driver, Monica Manina Wodenscheck, 59, from Pilot Knob, Missouri, and turned her and the drugs over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Naco CBP Officers Seize $40K in Marijuana

January 29, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 29-year-old Mexican man Wednesday, for an alleged attempt to smuggle 80 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Naco.

Officers selected Hugo Cancio-Nevarez, of Benjamin Hill, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Mitsubishi SUV and with the assistance of a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the inspection, officers found multiple packages of marijuana, valued at nearly $40,000 beneath the vehicle’s carpeting.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Cancio to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office where he will be held for local prosecution.

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $235K in Marijuana

January 29, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry arrested a Douglas man and a Mexican national Thursday for separate alleged attempts to smuggle nearly 472 pounds of marijuana worth a combined $235,000.

Officers arrested Ivan Jesus Arvisu-Burruel, 26, of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs concealed within his Chevrolet SUV. Officers removed nearly 365 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $182,000, hidden throughout the vehicle and within all four tires.

Earlier in the day, officers referred Christian Eduardo Soto, 18, of Douglas, for further inspection of his Dodge truck. A CBP canine’s alert to the presence of drugs led officers to discover nearly 107 pounds of marijuana worth more than $53,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


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