Nogales, Ariz. — A Mexican national was arrested yesterday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,900 pounds of drugs into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 40-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico resident for an additional inspection of the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving into the Mariposa Commercial Facility. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the shipment of Mexican squash, officers removed three pallets of marijuana worth close to $943,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.