TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested three Mexican nationals and a local woman during the weekend for separate attempts to transport marijuana and a weapon across the border.
Feb. 18, officers first arrested a 24-year-old Mexican woman after finding nearly 170 pounds of marijuana, valued at $84,000, during an inspection of her Chevrolet SUV when she attempted to enter the U.S.
Later that day, officers arrested a 55-year-old Mexican woman after finding almost 340 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $170,000, in her Pontiac SUV.
Later still, officers arrested a 19-year-old Douglas woman after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to her vehicle containing nearly 170 pounds of marijuana worth about $84,000, in her Volkswagen.
On Feb. 19, officers conducting outbound inspections referred a 29-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection when he attempted to exit the U.S. on a bicycle. During the encounter, officers discovered the cyclist was carrying a Ruger MKII .22 caliber handgun, magazines, a rifle scope, several knives, binoculars, ammunition, and two-way radios.
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.