TUCSON, Ariz. – Two Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents Jan. 28 for attempting to smuggle a combined 157 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Naco.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Ford truck, driven by a 35-year-old woman, for further inspection and found 74 packages of marijuana valued at approximately $54,500. Officers assisted by a CBP narcotics-detection canine located 109 pounds of marijuana within compartments built into the vehicle’s doors, rear seats and spare tire.
A few hours earlier, officers referred a 26-year-old man for a further search of his Chrysler sedan and found 48 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $24,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and referred both subjects to U.S. 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.