TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a female Mexican national and two Douglas teens during separate recent attempts to smuggle marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Argelia Amaya-Tajia, 44, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, on April 10 after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert led to the discovery of 250 marijuana packages throughout her GMC SUV April 10. The drugs weighed nearly 274 pounds and are worth almost $137,000.
A CBP narcotics-detection canine also alerted officers to a 17-year-old male and female from Douglas riding bicycles into the U.S.. When officers inspected the bikes’ tires, they removed nearly 3.5 pounds of marijuana -- more than $1,700 worth per bike.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred the subjects 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.