TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Arizona women during separate incidents this week at the Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Ambar Esthela Morales, 23, of Tucson on April 29 after an outbound inspection of her Ford SUV led to the discovery of more than 7,800 rounds of ammunition used in AK-47 rifles, before they were able to go into Mexico. The rounds were hidden within the rear quarter panels as well as in a bag of dog food.
Earlier this week (April 26), a CBP narcotics-detection canine also alerted officers to a Chrysler P/T Cruiser, driven by Christina Carrizoza, 36, of Douglas, Ariz. When officers inspected the vehicle, they found 237 packages of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle and spare tire – nearly 256 pounds – worth nearly $128,000.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred both 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.