TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested two individuals May 5 in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a more than 112 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Officers first referred a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen, living in neighboring Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of the Ford Mustang he was driving. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert led officers to discover more than 60 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 110 pounds and worth almost $55,000, in the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Later in the morning, officers working the pedestrian crossing referred a 27-year-old Douglas woman for secondary questioning. During a search of the subject, officers removed multiple packages of marijuana from her upper torso. The drugs weighed nearly three pounds and are valued at more than $1,400.
Officers seized the vehicle and all drugs, and turned both subjects over to 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.