Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry arrested a Douglas man and a Mexican national Thursday for separate alleged attempts to smuggle nearly 472 pounds of marijuana worth a combined $235,000.
Officers arrested Ivan Jesus Arvisu-Burruel, 26, of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs concealed within his Chevrolet SUV. Officers removed nearly 365 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $182,000, hidden throughout the vehicle and within all four tires.
Earlier in the day, officers referred Christian Eduardo Soto, 18, of Douglas, for further inspection of his Dodge truck. A CBP canine’s alert to the presence of drugs led officers to discover nearly 107 pounds of marijuana worth more than $53,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.