Officers at the Port of Douglas seized nearly 314 pounds of marijuana on Sunday after a Customs and Border Protection narcotics detection canine alerted to a Suzuki SUV driven by a female Mexican national.
CBP officers removed 199 packages of marijuana from throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
The drugs, worth an estimated $157,000, and vehicle were seized. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Douglas Port Director Michael Humphries praised the efforts of his personnel. “Despite the time of day or night, smugglers continue to test our effectiveness,” he said. “So, it’s imperative we maintain our vigilance at the nation’s ports. This week, we have seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana, keeping it from reaching our neighborhoods.”
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, raising 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.