TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested three Douglas residents during separate smuggling attempts Dec. 2 involving nearly $299,000 worth of marijuana.
Officers arrested a 21-year-old man for attempting to smuggle nearly 229 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $114,000, concealed within a false floor in the bed of his Ford truck.
Earlier in the day, officers arrested another 21-year-old man after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to more than 96 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $48,000, concealed throughout his Chevrolet sedan.
A 35-year-old man was arrested after a CBP canine alerted to various locations throughout the man’s Mercury sedan. Officers removed more than 272 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $136,000.
Officers seized the vehicles and marijuana, and referred all three suspects to U.S. 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.