TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested two women in separate incidents Oct. 13 for attempting to smuggle nearly $125,000 worth of marijuana into the U.S.
BP officers working with a narcotics-detection canine found 216 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $108,000, hidden throughout a Cadillac sedan driven by a 22-year-old Douglas woman.
Later, officers found 33 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $16,500, in the gas tank of a Mercedes sedan driven by a 34-year-old Huachuca City woman.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of smuggling box inside a speaker box Thursday.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., after a 21-year-old woman, who is a United States citizen, approached the checkpoint in a black 2006 Nissan 350Z.
A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle during primary inspection. Agents referred the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination.
After an intensive search, agents discovered 32 packages hidden inside of an aftermarket speaker box behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Upon testing the packages, agents determined that 25 contained methamphetamine, four contained heroin and three contained cocaine.
“The narcotics that were seized today are the kind that have been devastating the most vulnerable members of our communities and our nation. Our agents’ work on this arrest and seizure is another example of their commitment to identifying and mitigating threats to the safety, security, and well-being of our community,” said David S. Kim, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent.
The 27.8 pounds of methamphetamine, 10.07 pounds of heroin and 7.53 pounds of cocaine have a value of $302,260.
The woman, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation