DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—A 24-year-old woman was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle more than 200 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Mayra Delores Martinez, a U.S. citizen residing in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of her Dodge sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 144 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Martinez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
A day earlier, an Agua Prieta teen was arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 130 pounds of marijuana through the port. She was also turned over to 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 within Customs and Border Protection 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. 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.
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.