TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Phoenix residents during separate incidents May 27 at the Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Rogelio J. Lopez-Hernandez, 23, and his 42-year-old mother, Elicet Hernandez-Acosta, both legal permanent resident aliens from Cuba living in Phoenix. Officers conducting a secondary inspection of his Audi sedan discovered 115 packages of marijuana weighing nearly 135 pounds and worth more than $67,000.
Later in the day, officers arrested a 17-year-old Phoenix resident after finding two packages of marijuana wrapped around his legs during an inspection at the pedestrian crossing. The drugs, weighing more than two pounds combined, are worth an estimated $1,100.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred all three subjects 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.