Douglas, Ariz. - Two male Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents recently for attempting to smuggle a combined 591 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $295,000, through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday selected for inspection a SUV driven by a 22-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico and officers found 113 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 215 pounds, stashed throughout the vehicle.
Friday, officers referred a 32-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his pickup truck and found close to 376 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were concealed in the cab’s undercarriage and in front of the vehicle.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.