Border busts

Three people were arrested Aug. 14 at the Douglas border crossing in two separate marijuana trafficking incidents, officials say.

In the first case, two 17-year-old girls were picked for inspection after a drug dog alerted to drugs in the Audi sedan they were driving, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officers found 21 packages of marijuana, weighing 33 pounds, hidden inside the vehicle’s rear bumper and back seats. The pot had an estimated street value of about $17,000.

Later, officers arrested a 25-year-old Douglas man after a drug dog alerted to his Chevrolet coupe. Officers found 134 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 195 pounds, hidden throughout the vehicle. Drugs were found inside the front bumper, quarter panels, back seats, speaker box and the trunk. The pot had an estimated street value of nearly $88,000, the news release said.

All three 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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