NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 37-year-old Tucson man was arrested Wednesday after officers found nearly 384 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of corn tortillas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the driver of a Ford van for further inspection when he attempted to enter through the Nogales Cargo facility. After a CBP narcotics detection canine confirmed an officer's suspicion, 44 packages of marijuana were removed from within the shipment of tortillas.
The subject and drugs, worth nearly $192,000, were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle was seized.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.