Three people were arrested Thursday in two separate incidents on charges of trying to smuggle a combined 188 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Douglas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers sent two women — a 61-year-old Douglas resident and a 50-year-old Mexican national — for additional inspection of the Ford van they were driving, according to a news release from the agency.
Officers found two packages of marijuana wrapped around each woman’s waist. The packages, weighing about 3 pounds each, held a combined $2,860 worth of marijuana, the agency said.
Earlier, officers arrested a 24-year-old Mexican woman after a CBP dog alerted to drugs in her Ford sedan. Officers removed 149 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 183 pounds and valued at more than $91,000, from the doors and roof of the vehicle, the agency said.
All three people were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.