While agents on all-terrain vehicles were responding to sensor activity, an AMO aircrew spotted multiple suspects in the area carrying large backpacks of suspected marijuana. When agents encountered the group, the smugglers dropped their packs and ran. Agents arrested one of the suspects, a 32-year-old Nicaragua man, and seized more than 135 pounds of marijuana.
Agents transported the marijuana and suspect to the Ajo Station for processing, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. He faces federal charges for drug smuggling and immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.