TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $2,539,700 in marijuana – 5,079 pounds – from a Mexican national Nov. 13 when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.
Officers discovered the drugs within six palletized boxes identified as aircraft parts in a tractor-trailer driven by Jaime Alfonso Valdez-Yocupicio, 40, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, following an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.
Officers seized the entire shipment and referred Valdez 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.