DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—A Mexican national was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle nearly 141 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas. The arrest of a 45-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, came just one day after officers arrested two women for attempting to smuggle a combined 432 pounds of marijuana through the port.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the man for further inspection of a Ford truck he was driving. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the roof of a camper shell on the truck bed, officers located and removed 117 packages of marijuana worth more than $70,000.
The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a pAerson 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.
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.