TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $972,000 in marijuana – 1,945 pounds – from a Mexican national Tuesday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.
Officers discovered more than 200 packages of marijuana within the roof of a tractor-trailer driven by a 43-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, following an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.
Officers seized the drugs, tractor-trailer and produce, and referred the driver to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Tuesday’s seizure represents the second such find in less than two weeks. On May 23, officers seized 1,992 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $996,000, within the roof of a produce shipment.
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.