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Teens Arrested at Arizona Border for Smuggling Pot

Release Date: 
July 16, 2013

DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—An 18-year-old Tucson resident, along with a 14-year-old Mexican national residing in Tucson, were arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle more than $114,000 worth of marijuana through the Port of Douglas, Ariz.


A CBP officers reaches into a trucks undercarriage to remove a bundle of marijuana.

A CBP officers reaches into a trucks undercarriage to remove a bundle of marijuana. The seizure was aided by a CBP narcotics detector dog.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Chevrolet truck for an additional inspection. Officers searching the vehicle, aided by a CBP narcotics detection canine, located 42 packages of marijuana in the undercarriage of the truck weighing nearly 255 pounds.

Both subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle 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 officers working at Arizona's ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017