TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested two men during separate smuggling attempts involving $226,000 worth of marijuana and heroin.
Officers arrested a 24-year-old man Jan. 21 for attempting to smuggle two packages of heroin through the port in his backpack. The drugs weighed nearly 5.5 and are worth an estimated $77,000.
On Jan. 17, officers arrested a 36-year-old man after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to nearly 300 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $149,000, concealed throughout his Dodge van.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred both subjects 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.