Nogales, AZ. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command, seized a significant load of marijuana Friday at the Mariposa Commercial Port.
CBP officers screening commercial vehicles and shipments coming into the country targeted a tractor-trailer with a shipment of charcoal for inspection. The rig was referred for an X-ray examination and physical inspection of the shipment. During the inspection officers discovered 198 bundles of marijuana hidden inside sacks of charcoal. The narcotics, weighing more than 2,630 pounds and worth in excess of $1.3 million, were seized along with the vehicle. The driver, a 56-year old male from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Customs and Border Protection announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.