Criminal Justice News

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Douglas CBP Officers Arrest Agua Prieta Woman for Smuggling Pot


Drugs valued at nearly $213,000

Douglas, Ariz. — A 39-year-old female resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle more than 425 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $213,000, into the United States through the Douglas Port.

Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office referred the woman for a secondary inspection of her Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 391 packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle and its tires.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. 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.

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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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