Monday, October 27, 2008

Mexican immigration official arrested with 169 lbs. of marijuana

A Mexican immigration official was arrested after U.S. border inspectors found about 169 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck, a U.S. law enforcement official said Monday.

The Mexican official was identified as Francisco Celaya Carrillo and was in uniform when he crossed the border in Lukeville, Arizona. Carrillo told Customs and Border Protection officers that he was entering the United States to do some shopping.

Carrillo was confirmed as a low-level immigration officer assigned to a border bridge at Sonoyta, across the border from Lukeville. He was apparently on his day off from the job and was driving a private vehicle when detained.

In Tucson, Customs spokesman Brian Levin confirmed that a pickup truck had been stopped at the border crossing. When it was examined with a noninvasive gamma-ray machine, Levin said, officials found “79 packages of marijuana, just shy of 169 pounds” in the spare tire and fuel tank.

Levin said at least one person was arrested. He declined to identify anyone who was arrested, saying the case had been turned over to the U.S. attorney's office.

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