PHOENIX - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents seized more than 900 pounds of marijuana and arrested a suspected drug smuggler at a Phoenix auto shop Friday.
Agents conducting an ongoing investigation into a marijuana smuggling ring suspected the shop, located near the intersection of 39th Ave. and Indian School Road, was being used to stash narcotics. Following the execution of a federal search warrant on the business, HSI agents seized a total of 941 pounds of marijuana in 41 bundles, scales, wrapping material and other items indicating drug smuggling activity. The owner of the business, a 40-year-old Mexican citizen unlawfully present in the United States, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
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This investigation is ongoing. Individuals with information related to this investigation should contact ICE's tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.