TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen during separate marijuana smuggling attempts March 29 through the Port of Douglas.
Officers arrested Estaban Contreras-Aispuro, 49, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, after finding 30 packages of marijuana under the bench seat of his Chevrolet truck. The drugs, which were located with the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine, weigh nearly 64 pounds and are worth almost $32,000.
A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to a Jeep SUV belonging to Kyle Ellingson, 18, of Gold Canyon, Arizona. Officers arrested Ellingson and his passenger, Evelia Leon-Gutierrez, 20, after finding nearly 72 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $36,000, in the vehicle’s gas tank.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred all 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.