DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—A Douglas woman was arrested Saturday, April 6, for attempting to smuggle more than 200 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 22-year-old woman for inspection of her Chrysler sedan. During the inspection, a narcotics canine alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers found 196 packages of marijuana in the rear bumper area and in the spare tire. The drugs, valued at $105,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
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 officers working at Arizona's ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. The mission also includes 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.