NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Mexican man was arrested Tuesday at the Nogales Commercial Facility for attempting to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 35-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer he was driving for an additional inspection. After an anomaly was discovered using a commercial x-ray system, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs co-mingled within a shipment of bell peppers. A further search led to the discovery of 280 packages of marijuana worth slightly more than $1,068,000. The drugs and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"CBP officers in Nogales made use of several layers of enforcement to identify and locate the marijuana," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "Our people used their experience and dedication to prevent these drugs from entering our nation."
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.