TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested two men May 10 for separate attempts to smuggle more than 190 pounds collectively of marijuana and heroin into the United States.
Officers referred a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, living in neighboring Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of a Jeep SUV he was driving. In the vehicle’s tires and under the hood, officers discovered multiple packages of marijuana with a combined weight of nearly 186 pounds and worth close to $93,000.
A short time earlier, officers working the pedestrian crossing referred a 17-year-old from Peoria, Arizona for further questioning. During a follow-on search of the teen, officers discovered multiple packages of heroin from his travel bag. The drugs weighed just more than five pounds and are valued in excess of $88,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and turned both subjects over to 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 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.