CALEXICO, CALIF.—Two people have been arrested since Saturday in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 326 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 22-year-old Douglas man for further inspection of his Dodge truck when he attempted to cross through the Mariposa Port on Tuesday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located 55 packages of marijuana within the diesel fuel tank. More than 224 pounds of marijuana was seized - worth in excess of $100,000.
The earlier seizure took place Saturday when officers arrested a 42-year-old Tucson woman after a CBP canine alerted to marijuana within the floor of a Chevrolet sedan. The compartment contained 22 packages of marijuana weighing more than 102 pounds and valued in excess of $46,000.
Both subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.
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.