Douglas, AZ - Port of Douglas Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the CBP Joint Field Command - Arizona, seized three loads of marijuana and arrested two felons during September 16 - 18. The narcotics had a combined weight exceeding 220 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $111,000.
On September 16, CBP officers referred a 53-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection. A narcotics detection canine alerted to his vehicle. Further inspection led officers to the discovery of 16 packages of marijuana. The drugs, more than 85 pounds of marijuana, were valued at $42,500. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.
Also on September 16, a CBP officer referred a 23-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the fuel tank of his vehicle, officers removed the tank and discovered 40 packages of marijuana weighing nearly 44 pounds with an estimated value of $22,000. The subject was arrested and turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office to face state drug charges.
On September 17, a 24-year-old Mexican man was referred for a secondary inspection. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located a false compartment containing 23 packages of marijuana weighing more than 900 pounds with a value of approximately $46,500.
Also on September 17, a 32-year-old Naco, Arizona resident attempted to enter the United States through a Douglas Port pedestrian lane and was referred for additional questioning. When officers ran a routine records check on the man, they discovered an outstanding arrest warrant on drug and weapons charges. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.
On September 18, a 39-year-old Mexican man attempted to enter the United States through a Douglas Port vehicle lane and was referred for additional questioning. When officers ran a routine check on the subject, they discovered an outstanding arrest warrant on drug charges. The man was arrested and turned over to the Douglas Police Department.
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 announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates the CBP border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
The CBP Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily 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 border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration, trade regulations, 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.