TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented a Douglas man from smuggling more than 9 pounds of cocaine into the United States Friday.
Officers referred a 35-year-old local man for further inspection of his GMC truck after he attempted to enter the U.S. through the Port of Douglas. When officers searched the vehicle, they found 4 packages of cocaine within the truck’s seats. The drugs, weighing more than 9 pounds, are estimated to be worth nearly $222,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and charged for narcotics smuggling. He was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.