Douglas CBP Officers Catch Marijuana Smugglers
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, prevented a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen from smuggling $91,000 worth of marijuana into the United States over the past weekend.
Friday afternoon, officers referred a 64-year-old Mexican national for further inspection of his Ford SUV. After a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers removed nearly 90 packages of marijuana from throughout the back of his vehicle, that weighed just more than 100 pounds and worth an estimated $50,000.
Officers referred a 44-year-old Tolleson, Arizona woman for a further inspection of her BMW sedan Saturday evening, following an alert by a CBP canine to a scent it was trained to detect. When officers searched the vehicle, they found more than 70 packages of marijuana littered throughout the vehicle. The drugs weighed nearly 82 pounds and have an estimated value of almost $41,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. Both subjects were arrested for narcotics smuggling and 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.