TUCSON, Ariz. — A Mexican man was arrested on Sept. 30 at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales, Arizona referred a 24-year-old man from Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico for additional inspection of a tractor-trailer he was driving. A scan of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the trailer, which led officers to the discovery of 145 bales of marijuana concealed behind a false front wall. Officers estimated the marijuana’s vale at nearly $1,670,000.
Officers processed the drugs and truck for seizure, and referred the driver to Immigration and Customs 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.