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CBP Officers in Douglas Seize $200K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
June 9, 2017

Officers removed the drugs from throughout the smuggling vehicle
Officers removed the drugs from
throughout the smuggling vehicle

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port in Douglas, Arizona, arrested two women during separate smuggling attempts Thursday involving more than 400 pounds of marijuana combined.

Shortly after midnight, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to a Hyundai sedan driven by a 24-year-old woman from Pirtleville, Arizona. Officers removed nearly 90 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle.

Smugglers attempted to hide more than 300 pounds of marijuana from officers at the RHC Port of Douglas
Smugglers attempted to hide more than
300 pounds of marijuana from officers
at the RHC Port of Douglas

Several hours later, a canine alerted to a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 39-year-old woman from Mexico. Officers searched the vehicle and found more than 300 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout its interior and exterior, including the tires.

Officers seized the drugs, worth more than $200,000, and vehicles. Both women were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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June 9, 2017