TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, residents and seized more than 327 pounds of marijuana during separate weekend incidents at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Adilene Yudith Ruiz, 19, a U.S. citizen living in Agua Prieta, on Dec.13 after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Dodge sedan she was driving. Officers discovered almost 266 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $133,000, throughout the vehicle.
On Dec. 11, officers arrested Diego David Garcia-Estrada, 31, after finding nearly 62 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $30,000, throughout a Ford sedan he was driving. Officers discovered the drugs within the vehicle’s gas tank and floor.
Officers seized all drugs and both vehicles, and turned both 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.