Jul 31, 2014 1:52 PM by Faye DeHoff
DOUGLAS - A 31-year old Mexican national was arrested Tuesday after she attempted to smuggle $118,000 worth of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection narcotics detection canine helped officers find nearly 236 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout a Nissan sedan, including in the door frame and in the trunk.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. The woman was referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.