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CBP Officers Seize Drugs Co-mingled with Tortillas

Release Date: 
October 25, 2013

 

A seemingly normal shipment of corn tortillas turned into a 384 pound marijuana seizure for CBP officers assigned to the Nogales Cargo facility

A seemingly normal shipment of corn tortillas turned into a 384 pound marijuana seizure for CBP officers assigned to the Nogales Cargo facility

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017