NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to Tucson Field Operations seized more than $240,000 in marijuana this week while conducting routine inspections of incoming freight trains from Mexico.
Members of the Nogales Rail Team made three separate seizures since Monday. The largest occurred Tuesday when officers noticed an anomaly within a Union Pacific railcar loaded with fish meal. The cargo was unloaded, revealing 14 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight exceeding 345 pounds.
Monday, a non-intrusive inspection led to the discovery of nearly 120 pounds of marijuana in a Union Pacific railcar from Mexico.
On Wednesday, officers found a single package of marijuana weighing more than 20 pounds inside an empty grain car.
CBP personnel use X-ray technology to inspect all freight trains entering the United States.
Once an anomaly is detected, officers use a combination of techniques to locate and remove illegal drugs or other contraband.
CBP's Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. 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.