TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly $2.1 million in marijuana over the weekend.
Officers referred a tractor trailer being driven by a 45-year-old Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa commercial facility, Saturday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to nearly 600 bundles of marijuana concealed within a shipment of rolled sheet metal. The drugs are identified as more than 4100 pounds of marijuana with a value of nearly $2.1M.
Officers seized the tractor trailer and the drugs. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations pending further investigation.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.