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CBP Officers Seize more than $301K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 18, 2013

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.

 

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas located and seized 25 packages of marijuana from under the hood of a smuggling vehicle.

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas located and seized 25 packages of marijuana from under the hood of a smuggling vehicle.

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.

 

Marijuana packages are located throughout a smuggling vehicle, including within the back of front seats of a smuggling vehicle.

Marijuana packages are located throughout a smuggling vehicle, including within the back of front seats of a smuggling vehicle.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017