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.