TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port in Douglas, Arizona, detained a Douglas resident Thursday afternoon after finding almost 300 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
Officers referred a 25-year-old Douglas man for a secondary inspection of the Mazda Tribute he was driving. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert led to the discovery of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle’s interior and exterior.
Officers seized the drugs, worth more than $148,000, and vehicle. After arresting the subject for drug smuggling, he was turned over 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.