Douglas, Ariz. -
Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson field office seized more than $130,000 worth of marijuana on Monday afternoon.
Officers at the Douglas Port referred an 18-year-old Sierra Vista, Ariz., woman for a secondary inspection of her Dodge van when she attempted to enter the United States. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside of the vehicle which led to the discovery of 195 packages of marijuana weighing more than 260 pounds. The narcotics and vehicle were processed for seizure, while the woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's office of field operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.
Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.