TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested two men during separate weekend attempts to smuggle a combined $223,000 worth of marijuana into the United States.
After officers referred a 29-year-old Douglas man for further inspection of his Isuzu SUV Oct. 14, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate nearly 290 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $145,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.
On Oct. 16, when a 36-year-old male resident alien in a Ford pick-up truck attempted to enter the United States, a narcotics-detection canine alert led officers to find almost 157 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $78,000.
Officers seized the marijuana and 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.