TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented a Mexican national from smuggling more than 22 pounds of marijuana into the United States Friday.
Officers referred a 38-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect. When officers searched the vehicle, they found nearly 20 packages of marijuana beneath the center console of the vehicle. The drugs, weighing approximately 22 pounds total, are estimated to be worth more than $11,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and charged 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.