TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona, seized $2.75 million in marijuana – approximately 5,500 pounds – from a Mexican national Feb. 24 when he attempted to enter the United States.
After an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found the drugs within palletized boxes identified as assorted electronic items in a tractor-trailer driven by a 29-year-old driver of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Officers seized the entire shipment and referred the subject to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The seizure comes less than two weeks after a 17,000 pound marijuana seizure at the Port of Nogales, worth an estimated $8,500,000.
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.