TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Ariz., arrested one Mexican national and two U.S. citizens during separate alleged smuggling attempts involving almost 254 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $127,000.
Officers arrested Joanna Lidzey Madero-Gonzales, 20, on Feb. 6 after finding more than 172 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $86,000, concealed throughout her Chevrolet sedan.
Officers arrested Angel Rodrigo Herrera-Gurrola, 20, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, on Feb. 5 after finding more than 81 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $41,000, in his Jeep SUV. Also arrested was Herrera’s passenger, Amelia Lopez-Hernandez, a 46-year-old U.S. citizen.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all 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.