TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Mariposa Cargo Facility at the Nogales Port of Entry seized nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana found in a northbound shipment of optical fiber cables Nov. 5.
Officer discovered the $2.96 million worth of marijuana in a tractor-trailer driven by a 39-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico after a CBP narcotic-detection canine alerted to the trailer.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred the subject to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
In a similar incident on Oct. 24, officers seized nearly 4,700 pounds of marijuana worth $2.3 million and co-mingled with electrical components.
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.