DOUGLAS, Ariz. — Three female U.S. citizens were apprehended Monday for attempting to smuggle just over 275 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
After officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations at the Port of Douglas crossing referred a 2001 Volkswagen Passat for a secondary inspection, a non-intrusive inspection revealed anomalies in the vehicle. A CBP narcotics detection canine then alerted to the interior of the vehicle where officers discovered 171 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $137,500.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the women 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.