DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Two female Mexican nationals were arrested in separate seizures this week for attempting to smuggle a combined 366 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Wednesday selected for inspection a Ford Mustang driven by an 18-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers found 123 packages of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle including under the front hood. The drugs weighed more than 173 pounds and have an estimated value of nearly $87,000.
Thursday, officers referred a 23-year-old woman from Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of her Mercury sedan and found nearly 193 pounds of marijuana. A CBP narcotics detection canine helped officers locate 139 packages of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle, including behind the backseat leading to the trunk. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $96,000.
Both women were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The marijuana and vehicles were seized.
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.