TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested a Mexican man and a Douglas, Arizona woman Nov. 12, following an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle nearly 242 pounds of marijuana.
Officers arrested Luis Alberto Bernal-Castillo, 24, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, and Paulette Valenzuela, 22, of Douglas, after finding marijuana concealed throughout a Chevrolet sedan they used in their attempt to cross into the United States.
Officers seized the vehicle and marijuana, and referred both subjects 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.