TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized more than $1.2 million in marijuana – 2,476 pounds – from a Mexican national Tuesday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.
Officers found the load in a tractor-trailer driven by Sixto Hernandez-Apodaca, 51, following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. The drugs were co-mingled with a load of green peppers. The vehicle and 308 packages of drugs were seized. Hernandez 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.