A smuggler, known as a pollero, explains how he gets people across the border. Once, he was one of them. A USA TODAY NETWORK video production.

Border Patrol agents have arrested a man after more than 370 pounds of marijuana was found in his truck at a border crossing in Douglas.

The discovery was made Aug. 23, after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor from a Chevy Silverado driven by a 60-year-old U.S. citizen at the Raul Hector Castro Port, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

“A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of multiple concealed packages of marijuana valued at nearly $190,000,” CBP officials said in a statement.

Authorities arrested the man, whose name was not released, on suspicion of narcotics smuggling. He was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The CBP says the operation was part of a multi-agency effort to disrupt criminal organizations from bringing opioids and other dangerous drugs into the United States.


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