TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people in separate incidents Nov. 4 at the Raul Hector Castro (RHC) Port of Douglas, and seized just more than 506 pounds of marijuana.
Officers arrested Yaneli Denisse Valencia-Gallardo, 32, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, after finding more than 274 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $137,000, hidden throughout her Ford SUV.
Officers also arrested Thomas A. Reade, 26, of McNeal, Arizona, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within McNeal’s Suzuki SUV. Officers found more than 232 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $116,000, concealed within the vehicle’s engine compartment and tires.
Officers seized all 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.