TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen recently for alleged attempts to smuggle nearly 170 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Naco.
Officers referred Francisco Javier Jimenez-Romero, 48, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., for further inspection of his GMC truck early Monday and discovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana, valued at almost $51,000, in the cab’s back wall.
On Feb 6, officers selected Jesus Alfredo Vera-Martinez, 27, of Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Nissan SUV and found almost 68 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $34,000, beneath the vehicle’s carpeting.
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.