Douglas CBP officers foil 3 marijuana-smuggling attempts

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DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 141 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
Officers referred the 45-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of the truck he was driving. After a narcotics-detection dog alerted to the roof of a camper shell on the truck bed, officers located and removed 117 packages of marijuana worth more than $70,000.
 
The arrest came just one day after officers arrested two women for attempting to smuggle a combined 432 pounds of marijuana through the port.

Officers referred a 31-year-old Mexican national for further inspection of the Nissan SUV she was driving. A drug-detecting dog alerted to the vehicle and officers found 228 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $114,000 hidden within the gas tank and the vehicle's tires.
 
A short time earlier, officers arrested a 36-year-old Mexican national after a CBP canine alerted to drugs throughout her car. Officers removed 133 packages of marijuana from the dashboard, doors, seats, floor, bumper and trunk. The drugs weighed more than 205 pounds and were valued at nearly $103,000.

All three drivers were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.