TUCSON, Ariz. - Two Douglas, Arizona residents were arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle a combined 493 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas in separate incidents.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a 21-year-old man for a secondary inspection of his KIA sedan. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detection canine helped officers locate 101 packages of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle’s interior, under the front hood, and inside a spare tire. The drugs weighed nearly 138 pounds and have an estimated value of nearly $69,000.
Earlier in the day, officers referred a 19-year-old woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV and found more than 355 pounds of marijuana. A CBP narcotics detection canine helped officers locate 356 packages of marijuana, value at nearly $178,000, hidden throughout the vehicle and in the spare tire.
Officers referred both subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and seized the marijuana and vehicles.
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.