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Arizona CBP Officers Seize Nearly $156,000 in Pot

Release Date: 
March 31, 2014

DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Two male Mexican nationals were arrested in separate seizures recently for attempting to smuggle a combined 311 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas discover marijuana concealed within the tires of a smuggling vehicle. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Friday selected for inspection an SUV driven by a 31-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. During the inspection, officers found multiple packages of marijuana concealed within all five of the vehicle’s tires. The drugs weighed more than 213 pounds with an estimated value of $106,500.

Sunday, officers referred a 48-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his pickup truck and found nearly 98 pounds of marijuana. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs hidden in the truck’s tires.

Both men were arrested and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The marijuana and vehicles were seized.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt.  An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command – Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona’s unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona for more information.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017