TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented an Arizona resident from smuggling more than 100 pounds of marijuana into the United States Sunday.
Officers referred a 43-year-old Phoenix man for further inspection of his Chevy compact car after he attempted to enter the U.S. through the Port of Douglas early Sunday morning. Officers searched the vehicle and found 90 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighing nearly 101 pounds, are estimated to be worth nearly $50,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and charged for narcotics smuggling. He was then turned over to U.S. 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.