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Douglas CBP Officers Seize $68K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
March 31, 2015

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.

CBP officers at the Port of Douglas located a compartment underneath the bench seat, where they removed nearly 64 pounds of marijuana

CBP officers at the Port of Douglas located a compartment underneath the bench seat, where they removed nearly 64 pounds of marijuana.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017