DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Three people were arrested over the weekend in three separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 670 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred an 18-year-old Mexican national for further inspection of the Dodge truck he was driving, Friday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located 25 packages of marijuana weighing 176 pounds and worth an estimated $88,000 hidden underneath the hood and within the vehicle's spare tire.
Saturday, officers arrested a 20-year-old Douglas man after a CBP canine alerted to drugs throughout his Chrysler coupe. Officers removed 166 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 236 pounds and valued at more than $106,000, from throughout the vehicle. Drugs were found inside the dashboard, doors, back seats, floor, and the trunk.
On Sunday afternoon, officers referred a 28-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of her Dodge van. Officers removed 127 packages of marijuana from the vehicle with the assistance of a drug detection canine. The drugs weighed nearly 258 pounds and valued at more than $116,000, were discovered within the roof, side door, dash and front bumper.
All three 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.