LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — A Mexican national was arrested Saturday at the Port of Lukeville in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Jorge Alberto Sanchez-Ruiz, 22, of Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of his Ford truck, during which officers located 29 bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 658 pounds.
The drugs, valued at an estimated $329,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. Sanchez was referred to U.S. Immigration and Custom 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.