TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $847,000 in marijuana – nearly 1,700 pounds – from a Mexican national Monday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.
Officers discovered more than 274 packages of marijuana within the roof of a tractor-trailer driven by Ramon Emilio Felix-Lopez, 57, from Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, following an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.
Officers seized the drugs, tractor-trailer and produce shipment of mangoes, and referred the driver to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Tuesday’s seizure represents the fourth such find in just over the past month. In each of the previous shipments, the drugs were either co-mingled within melons or hidden within the roofs of the trailers.
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.