TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas made three weekend seizures of marijuana exceeding a combined 364 pounds worth more than $182,000.
Officers arrested an 18-year-old Douglas, Arizona man Dec. 5 for attempting to smuggle 100 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $50,000, concealed in the gas tank of his van.
On Dec. 7, officers arrested a 48-year-old Mexican man after locating nearly 116 pounds of marijuana, valued at almost $58,000, concealed in his truck’s fuel tank and spare tire.
Later that day, officers arrested a 35-year-old Phoenix woman after a CBP canine alerted to nearly 148 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $74,000, throughout her Chevrolet SUV.
Officers seized the vehicles and marijuana, and referred all suspects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The latest arrests and seizures follow several marijuana seizures last week in which officers found a combined $614,500 worth of marijuana.
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.