Douglas, Ariz. - A Douglas man was arrested October 17, for attempting to smuggle nearly $119,000 worth of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.
The 18-year-old was escorted to an inspection area after a narcotic detection canine alerted to his Chevrolet sedan. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers then conducted a thorough inspection and found more than 200 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighing 237 pounds, 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 raising 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.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at United States ports of entry. 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 border-related duties, 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.