Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a man from removing a valued pre-Columbian artifact from Mexico.
On May 16, CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. During an inspection of a pickup truck, the officers discovered what appeared to be a pre-Columbian artifact. The artifact was detained and was sent to the department of archeology at the University of Arizona for validation and verification.
On May 20, the Naco port of entry received the results form a preliminary analysis, which indicated the artifact in question was in fact a pre-Columbian molcajete, which was used by the indigenous people to grind corn. The Port of Naco is currently making arrangements to return this cultural artifact back to the Mexican government.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of CBP, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.