DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Two Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico teens were arrested in separate incidents Saturday for attempting to smuggle more than 307 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
In the first incident, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 16-year-old male for an additional inspection of the Chevrolet truck he was driving. Officers searching the vehicle located 15 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle, with a total weight of nearly 241 pounds. The drugs, exceeding $120,000 in value, and vehicle were seized.
A short time earlier, officers referred a 16-year-old male for an additional inspection of the Ford sedan he was driving. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers retrieved 74 packages of marijuana, with a combined weight of nearly 67 pounds, from throughout the vehicle. The drugs, valued at more than $33,000, and vehicle were seized.
Both teens were 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 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.