TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized more than $1.1 million in marijuana – 2,215 pounds – from a male Mexican national on Jan. 29 when he attempted to enter the United States.
A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led officers to the discovery of 99 bundles of marijuana co-mingled in a tractor-trailer load of bell peppers. Officers seized the vehicle and drugs. The driver, Jorge Luis Castro-Rivera, 43, was referred 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.