TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested three Mexican nationals during separate weekend incidents involving attempts to smuggle almost 480 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Officers on May 6 referred a 23-year-old female Mexican national from neighboring Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Isuzu SUV. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert led officers to discover more than 200 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 277 pounds and worth more than $138,000.
Later in the day, officers referred a 24-year-old female Mexican national from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for secondary questioning. During a search of the woman’s Chevrolet sedan, officers found more than 132 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $66,000.
On May 8, a narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate more than 70 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $35,000, in a Ford sedan driven by a 30-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and turned the 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.