DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Three Douglas residents and a woman from Willcox, Ariz., were arrested in separate incidents during the holiday weekend for attempting to smuggle a combined 224 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
In the first incident on July 4, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 62-year-old Mexican woman residing locally for an additional inspection of her Ford SUV. Officers searching the vehicle located 15 packages of marijuana weighing 53 pounds with an estimated value of $27,000 concealed within the spare tire.
Friday, officers referred a 38-year-old Douglas woman for an additional inspection of the Ford SUV she was driving. When officers searched the vehicle, they retrieved 14 small packages of marijuana with a combined weight of nearly 21 pounds and worth more than $10,000 from behind the rear seats.
Saturday, officers arrested a 37-year-old local Mexican male after finding a combined 24 bundles of marijuana in all four tires of his Ford truck. The drugs weighed more than 125 pounds and were valued at nearly $63,000.
The fourth arrest occurred Sunday when officers referred a 32-year-old Mexican woman from Willcox for further inspection of her Ford SUV and located more than 25 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $13,000 in a spare tire.
All four subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and their vehicles were seized.
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 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.