TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona, seized $4.5 million in marijuana – approximately 9,000 pounds – from a Mexican national May 12 when he attempted to enter the United States.
After an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found the drugs co-mingled within a shipment identified as pumps and components in a tractor-trailer driven by a 59-year-old man from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.
Officers seized the tractor-trailer and shipment, and referred the driver to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Less than a month ago, on April 21, officers at the same facility seized 14,800 pounds of marijuana worth $7.4 million; co-mingled in a shipment of watermelons.
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.