Douglas CBP Officers Seize 280 lbs. of Marijuana during Labor Day Weekend
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented two U.S. citizens and one Mexican national from smuggling 280 pounds of marijuana into the United States during the Labor Day weekend.
Friday afternoon, officers referred a 20-year-old United States citizen for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to multiple packages of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighed nearly 134 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $40,000.
On Sunday, officers referred an 18-year-old United States citizen for additional inspection of his Kia sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. through the port. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to an odor it was trained to detect, leading to the discovery of 45 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs weighed nearly 50 pounds, with an estimated value of $15,000.
Separately on Sunday, a 27-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico resident was referred for further inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. through the port driving a Ford pickup. Officers discovered approximately five large bundles of marijuana concealed in the toolbox. The drugs weighed nearly 94 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $28,000.
The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicles and drugs were seized.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.