NOGALES, Ariz. — A 50-year-old truck driver was arrested Wednesday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa cargo facility referred a Mexican national for additional inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the trailer, officers found 105 bales of marijuana, worth more than $1.2 million, hidden among a shipment of jalapenos.
The drugs and truck were processed for seizure. The driver was turned over to 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.