TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested three male Douglas residents Nov. 8 following separate attempts to smuggle a combined $148,000 worth of marijuana.
Officers arrested two 17-year-olds for attempting to smuggle nearly 171 pounds of marijuana together, worth an estimated $85,000, concealed throughout a GMC SUV.
Earlier, officers arrested a 25-year-old man after a CBP narcotic-detection canine alerted to more than 124 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $62,000, concealed in the cargo area of his Jeep SUV.
Officers seized the vehicles and marijuana, and referred the 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.