Nogalez, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales port of entry seized a tractor trailer containing 4,522 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was commingled with a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers. The estimated street value of the illicit drug is $10.8 million.
On Monday afternoon, CBP officers working the Mariposa cargo facility selected a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers that originated in Sinaloa, Mexico and was destined to Nogales, Ariz. Officers referred the tractor trailer for an intensive inspection.
During the inspection, CBP officers noticed an anomaly while they were scanning the tractor trailer through their mobile x-ray unit. A CBP narcotic detection dog was utilized to search the shipment which resulted in a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.
The shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers was offloaded. Officers inspected the commodity and discovered packages commingled with the vegetables. Officers removed total of 184 bales that contained marijuana.
The 21-year-old driver, who is a citizen of Mexico, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and processing.
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.