AZ Corrections officer accused of drug smuggling

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Officer's vehicle is on the right. (Courtesy of Customs and Border Protection) Officer's vehicle is on the right. (Courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested an Arizona Department of Corrections officer for allegedly smuggling 21 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.

CBP officers noticed 28-year-old Ramon Cruz's DOC badge and uniform in his back seat when he was applying for entry Monday.

Officers asked him to open his center console when he entered the country and they noticed several brick-like packages, according to CBP officials. 

They continued to inspect his truck and reportedly discovered 19 packages of marijuana with an estimated value of $10,500.

Cruz was arrested and his badge and uniform were turned over to a criminal investigator from DOC. 

Separately, officers also found 34 pounds of marijuana hidden in another car carrying three men. The drugs are worth about $17,000.

All the men were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The largest find was 600 pounds of marijuana found in a false floor. A drug-smelling dog found the pot in the Phoenix man's car. The drugs are worth about $300,000. The driver, 38-year-old Robert Dale, was also turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations. 

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