Douglas, Ariz. — A 49-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a Chevrolet truck, driven by a Pirtleville resident from Mexico, for further inspection. A CBP narcotics detection canine helped officers locate nearly 200 pounds of marijuana within all five of the truck’s tires.
The drugs, valued at an estimated $100,000, and vehicle were seized. The driver was referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person 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.
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.