Woman accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into Ariz. with toddler in SUV

Packages of marijuana

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Douglas intercepted a smuggling vehicle with marijuana packages hidden under the front hood.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on June 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 10:57 AM

DOUGLAS, Ariz. -- A woman from Mexico was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 300 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas with her 3-year-old daughter inside her vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Alma Angelina Martinez-Mendoza, 30, for a search of her 1995 Chevrolet Blazer after an initial inspection revealed tampering with the vehicle's fuel tank.

Officers found 260 packages of marijuana stashed throughout the vehicle.

The marijuana was worth more than $155,000.

The vehicle and marijuana were seized.

Martinez-Mendoza was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.