Douglas, Ariz. — Two female Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents recently for attempting to smuggle more than 200 pounds each of marijuana, with a combined value of almost 207,000, through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday selected a Ford sedan, driven by a 25-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection and found multiple packages of marijuana, worth nearly $106,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.
A few hours earlier, officers referred a 58-year-old woman, also from Agua Prieta, for further inspection of her Ford SUV and found almost 202 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $101,000.
Both women were arrested and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The marijuana and vehicles were seized.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and 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.
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.