TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized nearly $996,000 in marijuana – 1,992 pounds – from a Mexican national Saturday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.
Officers discovered the marijuana within the roof of a tractor-trailer driven by Joel Tautimez-Felix, 43, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, following an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine. The load contained 212 packages of marijuana concealed within the roof of the trailer.
Officers seized the drugs, tractor-trailer and produce, and referred Tautimez 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.