TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, stopped a 35-year-old Hereford, Ariz. man from smuggling more than 250 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Monday night.
Officers referred the man for a further inspection of his Chevy Blazer following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. When officers searched the vehicle, they found it loaded with packages throughout. The marijuana totaled nearly 257 pounds, with an estimated value of in excess of $128,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and arrested the subject for narcotics smuggling. He has been 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.