DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—A local resident was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle more than 221 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 34-year-old Douglas man for further inspection of his Mercury van. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs throughout the van, officers removed 151 packages of marijuana. The packages are worth an estimated $110,748.
The subject was 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.