NACO, Ariz. – A 34-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle nearly 139 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $69,000, through the Port of Naco.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a Chevrolet truck being driven by Cananea, Sonora, Mexico resident Francisco Manuel Villa-Ruiz, for further inspection and found 53 packages of marijuana behind the truck’s back seats and quarter panels.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Villa-Ruiz was referred 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.