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Douglas CBP Officers Seize 280 lbs. of Marijuana during Labor Day Weekend

Release Date: 
September 9, 2019

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.

Smugglers attempted to hide marijuana throughout a sedan, including inside of a speaker box
Smugglers attempted to hide marijuana
throughout a sedan, including inside of
a speaker box

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.

Nearly 50 pounds of marijuana was discovered throughout a load vehicle by officers at the Port of Douglas, Ariz.
Nearly 50 pounds of marijuana was
discovered throughout a load vehicle
by officers at the Port of Douglas,
Ariz.

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.

Officers seized 94 pounds of marijuana from within a Ford truck.
Officers seized 94 pounds of marijuana
from within a Ford truck.

The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicles and drugs were seized.

Last modified: 
September 9, 2019