DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Two women were arrested yesterday in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 432 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 31-year-old Mexican national for further inspection of the Nissan SUV she was driving. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located 228 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $114,000 hidden within the gas tank and the vehicles' tires.
A short time earlier, officers arrested a 36-year-old Mexican national after a CBP canine alerted to drugs throughout her Ford sedan. Officers removed 133 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 205 pounds and valued at nearly $103,000 from throughout the vehicle. Drugs were found inside the dashboard, doors, seats, floor, bumper and trunk.
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.