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CBP Officers Intercept More Than 250 Pounds of Pot

Release Date: 
June 27, 2013

DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—A local 19-year-old man was arrested today for attempting to smuggle more than 250 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.

 

A total of 31 bundles of marijuana are seized by CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas, Ariz.

A total of 31 bundles of marijuana are seized by CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas, Ariz.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the U.S. citizen after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 37 packages of marijuana in the engine compartment and behind the seats of his Chevrolet truck. The drugs, valued at nearly $127,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The man 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 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017