Douglas, Ariz. - A Douglas woman was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle more than $131,000 worth of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred 20-year-old Dora Arias for additional inspection of her Mercury sedan after a narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers then conducted a thorough inspection and found 199 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighing more than 262 pounds, and the vehicle were processed for seizure. Arias was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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 Arizona's ports of entry are assigned to Tucson's Office of Field Operations and are responsible for securing the nation's borders. Although their primary mission is anti-terrorism, they must screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related duties such as narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration law; protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases; and enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit the CBP website for more information.(@CBPArizona)