domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $253K in Marijuana

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested two Mexican nationals earlier this week for separate alleged attempts to smuggle more than 500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $253,000.

After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to a Ford SUV Wednesday, driven by a 28-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, officers found nearly 370 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle.

On Tuesday, a canine helped officers locate 137 pounds of marijuana in an Acura sedan driven by a 26-year-old man, also from Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows 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 Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked 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 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. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

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