Douglas, Ariz.— Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Douglas seized more than $286,000 worth of marijuana in three separate weekend incidents.
Friday, a 34-year-old female Mexican national was referred for inspection of her Ford Expedition as she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs throughout the vehicle, officers removed 320 packages of marijuana weighing more than 450 pounds and worth an estimated $225,000.
Earlier Friday, a 33-year-old Douglas woman was arrested when officers found more than 87 pounds of marijuana, valued at nearly $44,000, inside her Nissan truck.
Sunday, a 52-year-old Douglas woman was taken into custody after officers discovered nearly 35 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $17,000, in the spare tire of her Chevrolet Blazer.
All drugs and vehicles were seized. The three subjects 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.
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.