TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Douglas resident during a failed smuggling incident June 23 at the Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Richard V. Cota, 19, after an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan led to the discovery of nearly 216 pounds of marijuana throughout the vehicle worth almost $108,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, arrested and turned Cota 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.