TUCSON, Ariz. – A 53-year-old Mexican national attempting to enter the United States through the Port of Douglas Wednesday had 160 packages of marijuana hidden throughout his Ford sedan.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Jose Puentes-Gonzalez, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a more thorough search of his vehicle and discovered 176 pounds of the drug worth an estimated $88,000. Officers arrested Puentes and referred him to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. They also seized the narcotics and vehicle.
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.