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CBP Officers Intercept $91,000 in Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 17, 2012

Douglas, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle nearly $91,000 worth of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.

Packages of marijuana hidden under the front hood are seized by CBP officers in Douglas, Ariz.

Packages of marijuana hidden under the front hood are seized by CBP officers in Douglas, Ariz.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Roberto Acosta-Alvarado, 18, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Chrysler sedan. During the inspection officers used a narcotics canine who alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers then conducted a thorough inspection and found 114 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle and in the spare tire. The drugs, weighing more than 108 pounds, and vehicle were processed for seizure. Acosta-Alvarado was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 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 assigned to Douglas, Ariz. Port locate packages of marijuana inside the spare tire holder in vehicle trunk

CBP officers assigned to Douglas, Ariz. Port locate packages of marijuana inside the spare tire holder in vehicle trunk

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.2

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017