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Douglas CBP Officers Seize $253K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
November 9, 2015

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.

CBP officers at the Port of Douglas removed 252 packages of marijuana from a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the Port of Douglas removed 252 packages of marijuana from a smuggling vehicle

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017