TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, prevented a 29-year-old Douglas woman from smuggling more than 700 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Wednesday night.
Officers referred the woman for a further inspection of her Ford SUV following an alert bya CBP narcotics detection canine. When officers searched the vehicle, they found it littered with packages throughout the inside and out. The marijuana totaled 710 pounds, with an estimated value of in excess of $355,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling. She has been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The seizure follows a seizure on Tuesday night of 220 pounds of marijuana after an alert by a CBP canine led officers to locate nearly $110,000 worth of marijuana hidden throughout a Nissan crossover. A 34-year-old Douglas was arrested in connection with Tuesday’s seizure.
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.