DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A 30-year-old female Mexican national, traveling with her 35-month-old daughter, was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle more than 310 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Alma Angelina Martinez-Mendoza of Sonora, Mexico for a search of her 1995 Chevrolet Blazer an initial inspection revealed tampering with the vehicle’s fuel tank.
During the follow-on inspection, officers found and removed 260 packages of marijuana stashed throughout the vehicle. The marijuana, worth more than $155,000, and vehicle were seized. Martinez was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Her daughter was turned over to the father.
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.