TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and two Arizona residents during separate smuggling incidents involving nearly 268 pounds of marijuana (combined), valued at almost $134,000, at the Raul Hector Castro (RHC) Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested a 21-year-old Mexican man Nov. 15, from Agua Prieta, Sonora, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the backseat of a Mercury van he was driving. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered almost 83 pounds of marijuana within a compartment next to the gas tank.
On Nov. 16, officers arrested two women from San Carlos, Arizona, , ages 30 and 38, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to almost 131 pounds of marijuana concealed in the back cargo area of their Ford SUV.
A short time later, officers arrested a 20-year-old Mexican man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, after finding nearly 54 pounds of marijuana in the spare tire of a Chevrolet SUV he was driving.
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.