Douglas CBP officers seize $246K in pot

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Two Douglas residents were arrested Tuesday after allegedly attempting to smuggle a combined 493 pounds of marijuana in separate incidents through the Port of Douglas Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a 19-year-old woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV and found 356 packages of marijuana.

The more than 355 pounds of pot valued at $178,000 was found by a CBP narcotics detection canine throughout the vehicle and in the spare tire.

Later that day, officers performed a secondary inspection on a Kia sedan owned by a 21-year-old man.

A narcotics detection canine detected 101 packages of marijuana in the vehicle's interior, under the front hood, and inside a spare tire. The drugs weighed 138 pounds and had an estimated value of $69,000.

The vehicles and drugs were seized, and the subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The arrested individuals may be charged by complaint.