TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, prevented a Mexican national from smuggling over 190 pounds of marijuana into the United States Thursday.
Officers referred an 18-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico woman for a further inspection of her Chevy van, following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it was trained to detect. When officers searched the vehicle, they found nearly 170 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $95,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and arrested the subject for narcotics smuggling. She was then 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 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.