DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Four Phoenix area residents were arrested recently for attempting to smuggle more than $52,000 worth of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.
On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 27-year-old Phoenix woman for an additional inspection of her Chevrolet truck. Officers searching the vehicle located 66 packages of marijuana weighing 77 pounds in the quarter panels.
On Saturday, CBP officers arrested a Phoenix man and his two female passengers after a narcotics detection canine alerted to the back seat of a Chevrolet sedan containing 27 packages of marijuana weighing nearly 28 pounds.
All four 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.
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.
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.