TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized marijuana and cocaine with a combined value of more than $7,200,000 on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility referred a tractor trailer carrying bell peppers, and its’ 46-year-old Mexican male driver, for further inspection. When the commodity was off-loaded, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Subsequently, officers discovered and removed more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana, which was co-mingled with the produce. The drugs have an estimated value of $6.85M.
Later that evening, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 29-year-old Mexican man, for a closer inspection of his Ford SUV. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located more than 34 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle’s back seats. The drugs were estimated to be worth nearly $386,000.
The narcotics and vehicles involved were seized, and both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.