TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested a Mexican national female as well as a Douglas, Ariz. female resident, for separate attempts to smuggle a total of 456 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Aug. 25.
Officers referred a 21-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico woman for a secondary inspection of her Pontiac sedan, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate multiple packages of marijuana, with a weight of more than 248 pounds and value of $124,000, from various interior and exterior areas of the vehicle.
A few hours later, officers referred a 22-year-old Douglas, Ariz. woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet sedan. Officers located and removed numerous packages of marijuana, with a weight of nearly 208 pounds and value of nearly $104,000, from multiple locations within the inside and exterior of the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs 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.