TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested two Mexican nationals and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana in separate smuggling attempts Wednesday.
Officers referred a Chevy truck driven by a 35-year-old man for further inspection that morning. Subsequently, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, which led officers to discover more than 274 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $137,000, hidden throughout the truck.
That afternoon, officers referred a Ford truck driven by a 64-year-old man for an additional inspection. A canine alerted officers to search the spare tire beneath the truck bed, where they removed nearly 38 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $19,000.
Officers seized the drugs and both trucks. After arresting the subjects for drug smuggling, both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.