NACO, ARIZ.—Two Cananea, Sonora, Mexico men were arrested Saturday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Naco port of entry discovered marijuana totaling nearly 178 pounds in two separate seizures.
Saturday morning, officers referred a GMC truck for additional inspection as the 30-year-old driver attempted to enter the United States. When officers were searching the vehicle they located 30 packages of marijuana in the bed compartment of the truck with a total weight of more than 124 pounds with an estimated value of $62,150.
At about the same time, officers referred a Ford sedan for additional inspection as the 23-year-old driver attempted to enter the United States. When the vehicle was searched by agents, they located 28 packages of marijuana from the interior rear quarter panels, rear bumper and heater core. The drugs weighed nearly 54 pounds with an estimated value of $26,840.
The drugs and vehicles in both cases were seized. Both drivers were taken into custody and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.