TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested two women – one from Douglas and one from Glendale, Arizona – as well as a Mexican national man, during separate weekend smuggling attempts involving more than 300 pounds of marijuana and nearly $39,000 in unreported currency.
Officers arrested an 18-year-old Douglas woman on Jan. 23 for attempting to smuggle more than 238 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $119,000, concealed throughout her KIA SUV.
On Jan. 25, officers arrested a 30-year-old Glendale woman after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to nearly 74 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $37,000, concealed in her Hyundai sedan.
A short time later on Jan. 25, officers conducting outbound inspections referred a 34-year-old man from Mexico for further inspection of his Nissan truck. When officers searched the man and his vehicle, they seized nearly $39,000 in unreported currency.
Officers seized the vehicles, currency and marijuana, and referred all three suspects to U.S. 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.