TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry arrested a Douglas man and a Mexican national Thursday for separate alleged attempts to smuggle nearly 472 pounds of marijuana worth a combined $235,000.
Officers arrested Ivan Jesus Arvisu-Burruel, 26, of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs concealed within his Chevrolet SUV. Officers removed nearly 365 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $182,000, hidden throughout the vehicle and within all four tires.
Earlier in the day, officers referred Christian Eduardo Soto, 18, of Douglas, for further inspection of his Dodge truck. A CBP canine’s alert to the presence of drugs led officers to discover nearly 107 pounds of marijuana worth more than $53,000.
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.