TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Rio Rico, Arizona man for an alleged attempt to smuggle approximately 23 pounds of marijuana, worth about $11,700, through the Port of Nogales Feb. 23.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred the 45-year-old man for further inspection of his Chevrolet truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. as a SENTRI cardholder. Officers searching the vehicle found two packages of marijuana within the truck’s bed.
In addition to revoking his Secure Electronic Network for Travelers for Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) privileges and seizing the vehicle and drugs, officers turned the subject over to 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.