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.
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.
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.