DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Officers at the Port of Douglas seized nearly 314 pounds of marijuana yesterday, after a Customs and Border Protection narcotics detection canine alerted to a Suzuki SUV- being driven by a female Mexican national.
CBP officers removed 199 packages of marijuana from throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
The drugs, worth an estimated $157,000, and vehicle were seized. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Douglas Port Director Michael Humphries praised the efforts of his personnel. "Despite the time of day or night, smugglers continue to test our effectiveness," he said, "so it's imperative we maintain our vigilance at the nation's ports. This week, we have seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana; keeping it from reaching our neighborhoods."
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.