DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, prevented a Mexican national from smuggling more than 235 pounds of marijuana into the United States Friday afternoon.
After officers referred a 28-year-old woman for a secondary inspection of her Chevy truck, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate approximately $119,000 worth of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling. She was then 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.