U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used a portable X-ray device to detect 177 pounds of marijuana hidden in the fuel tanks of a truck that was trying to enter the United States from Mexico through Douglas, Ariz.
On Sept. 14, at about noon, a semitrailer approached the border port of entry at Douglas, and CBP officers selected the truck for additional screening, says a CBP written statement. The officers scanned the truck using a large, mobile X-ray unit that revealed unusual shapes in the vehicle’s fuel tanks. The fuel tanks were searched, and steel boxes containing the marijuana—having an estimated street value of $1.6 million—were discovered.
The driver—who has not been identified—was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.