DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Three people were arrested Thursday in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 188 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers first referred a pair of women - a 61-year-old Douglas resident and a 50-year-old Mexican national - for further inspection of the Ford van they were driving. When the women were searched, officers located two packages of marijuana wrapped around each woman's waist. The packages, weighing nearly three pounds each, held a combined $2,860 worth of marijuana.
Earlier in the evening, officers arrested a 24-year-old Mexican woman after a CBP canine alerted to drugs throughout her Ford sedan. Officers removed 149 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 183 pounds and valued at more than $91,000, from the doors and roof of the vehicle.
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.
CBP officers working at Arizona's ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.