CBP Officers Seize $597K Worth of Marijuana
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented a Mexican national and a Douglas man from separate smuggling attempts involving a total of nearly 1200 pounds of marijuana into the United States Thursday.
Officers referred a 25-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, woman for further inspection of her Ford compact car after she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Port of Douglas Monday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers searched the vehicle and found more than 30 packages of marijuana within the cars’ bumpers. The drugs, weighing more than 37 pounds, are estimated to be worth nearly $19,000.
That afternoon, officers at the Port’s Douglas, Arizona Commercial Facility referred a 49-year-old Douglas man for a further search of his trailer loaded with ceramic tile. Once a canine alerted to the trailer, officers examined the contents which determined to include 90 bundles of marijuana. The drugs weighed almost 1,155 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $577,600.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were both arrested and charged for narcotics smuggling. They were 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.