TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals and a Douglas, Arizona resident late last week for separate attempts to smuggle a combination of almost 800 pounds of marijuana through the Raul Hector Castro Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested a 28-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, on Dec. 8 after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the discovery of more than 190 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $96,000, in a Ford sedan she was driving.
Officers later referred a 48-year-old Douglas woman for further inspection of her Volkswagen Beetle and, with help from a canine, found 235 pounds of marijuana worth more than $117,000.
Early Dec. 9, officers referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for an additional search of his Chevrolet truck. After a canine alert, officers found 86 pounds of marijuana from throughout the cab and spare tire. The drugs are worth $43,000.
Later in the day, a 41-year-old woman from Esqueda, Sonora, Mexico, was directed for further inspection of her Ford truck where a canine helped officers locate 270 pounds of marijuana, worth $135,000, throughout the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles used in the incidents, and turned over all subjects to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.