NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the local port of entry cargo inspection facility intercepted a shipment of marijuana last week worth up to $12 million.
The seizure occurred after CBP officers selected a 1994 International tractor-trailer, driven by a 26-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a thorough inspection. Inside the trailer, CBP officers found 600 bales of marijuana weighing a combined 14,151 pounds. The bales were packaged in boxes manifested as steel containers.
Officers seized the marijuana and conveyance. The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.