Nogales, Ariz.— A Mexican national was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,850 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 32-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico man for an additional inspection of the Peterbilt tractor-trailer at the Mariposa Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle’s cargo area, officers removed 200 packages of marijuana worth $924,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over 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.