TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested three individuals over the weekend in connection with failed attempts to smuggle more than 200 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
On April 24, officers referred a 23-year-old McNeal, Arizona woman for a secondary inspection of the PT Cruiser she was driving. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers removed more than 60 packages of marijuana weighing more than 75 pounds and worth nearly $38,000.
On April 22, officers referred a 42-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck. During the inspection, a CBP canine alerted to drugs within one of the truck’s tires. Officers then removed nearly 98 pounds of marijuana valued at almost $49,000.
Earlier that morning, a CBP canine helped officer find more than 30 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $15,000, in a Ford truck driven by a 60-year-old Douglas man.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.