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Douglas CBP Officers Seize $720K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
November 19, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four men – two Mexican nationals and two Arizonans – and seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana during separate weekend incidents at the Raul Hector Castro (RHC) Port of Douglas.

Officers at the Port of Douglas discovered nearly 1,160 pounds of marijuana hidden within a shipment of scrap metal

Officers at the Port of Douglas discovered nearly 1,160 pounds of marijuana hidden within a shipment of scrap metal

Officers arrested Ruben Garcia-Lujan, 53, of Chihuahua, Mexico, on Nov.13 after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the back of the tractor-trailer he was driving. Officers searched the trailer and discovered almost 1,160 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $580,000, within a shipment of scrap metal.

Later that day, officers arrested a 17-year-old male, presently living in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to his Ford truck. The vehicle contained nearly 50 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $25,000, concealed in the gas tank. At about the same time, officers arrested 41-year-old Norma Martinez de Garcia, a Mexican national, after officers found 165 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $82,500, hidden within the gas tank of her Chrysler minivan.

On Nov. 14, officers arrested a 17-year-old Douglas teen after finding nearly 66 pounds of marijuana, valued at almost $33,000, throughout a Chevrolet sedan he was driving. Officers discovered the drugs in the vehicle’s rear axle and doors.

Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017