Nogales CBP Officers Seize $111K in Marijuana
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a Mexican national in connection with an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle more than 200 pounds of marijuana into the United States Tuesday.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 52-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Ford truck early Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being located throughout the truck as well as the gas tank and spare tire. The inspection led to the discovery of in excess of 221 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of nearly $111,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the arrested subject over 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.