Border busts

Arizona border officers arrested four people over the weekend on suspicion of smuggling drugs in unrelated incidents at the Douglas border crossing, officials say.

In the first incident on July 4, a 62-year-old Mexican woman living in Douglas was selected for additional inspection of her Ford SUV. Officers found 15 packages of marijuana, weighing 53 pounds in a spare tire. The pot had an estimated street value of $27,000, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On July 5, a 38-year-old Douglas woman for an additional inspection of the Ford SUV she was driving. When officers searched the vehicle, they found 14 packages of marijuana with a combined weight of nearly 21 pounds in the back seats. The pot’s estimated street value was $10,000.

On July 6, border officers arrested a 37-year-old Mexican man after finding a combined 24 bundles of marijuana the tires of his Ford truck. The drugs weighed more than 125 pounds and were valued at nearly $63,000.

 On July 7, a 32-year-old Mexican woman from Willcox was arrested after border officers found more than 25 pounds of marijuana in a tire of the Ford SUV she was driving. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $13,000.

Combined the four seizures involved about 224 pounds of marijuana.

All four people were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.

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