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.
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.