TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of Mexican nationals were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle more than 412 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $206,000, through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Dodge truck being driven by Carlos Ramces Romo-Garcia, 26, for further inspection Oct. 19 following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. Officers then removed a total of 38 packages from a non-factory compartment within the floorboard of the truck, with a weight of nearly 313 pounds and a value of more than $156,000.
On Oct. 18. Officers at the DeConcini crossing selected a Ford truck being driven by Juan Manuel Valdez-Aranda, 45, for further inspection after a drug canine alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers removed and seized more than 99 pounds of marijuana from within all of the trucks tires. The drugs have a value of nearly $50,000.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.