TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a Douglas woman at the Port of Douglas on Aug. 17 for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 284 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.
Officers arrested Jeanette Margarita Mendoza, 22, after an inspection of her Ford sedan led to the discovery of multiple marijuana packages, worth almost $142,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Mendoza 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.