Jul 19, 2013 8:04 PM by Van Nguyen

814 pounds of marijuana seized at Port of Douglas

DOUGLAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Douglas have seized more than 814 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $394,000 since Saturday.

The two latest seizures occurred Wednesday, and resulted in 370 pounds seized.

CBP officers first referred a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, living in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Chevrolet SUV.

During the search, officers noticed something odd in all five tires, as well as in the gas tank.

They removed more than 292 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $146,000.

A short time later, officers referred a 22-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of his Ford truck.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 45 packages of marijuana from the front fenders, doors, gas tank and tailgate.

The drugs, weighing nearly 78 pounds, have an estimated value of nearly $39,000.

Both subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The drugs and vehicles were seized.


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