Marijuana Smuggler Caught by Douglas CBP Officers
TUCSON, Ariz. – Office of Field Operations officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented a Douglas woman from smuggling nearly 110 pounds of marijuana into the United States Friday.
CBP officers referred a 34-year-old local woman for further inspection of her Chevy sedan after she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Port of Douglas. When officers searched the vehicle, they found nearly 100 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighing nearly 110 pounds, are estimated to be worth nearly $55,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring 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 officers at ports of entry screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission involves 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.