TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales Mariposa commercial crossing seized nearly $2.5 million in marijuana and methamphetamine weighing nearly 3,300 pounds since Tuesday.
Officers referred a tractor trailer being driven by a 35-year-old Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa commercial facility, Tuesday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 190 bundles of marijuana concealed within a shipment of charcoal. The drugs are identified as more than 2900 pounds of marijuana with a value of approximately $1.5M.
Wednesday afternoon, officers referred a tractor trailer being driven by a 48-year-old Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States also through the Mariposa commercial facility. A search of the empty trailer by a CBP canine alerted to more than 300 packages of methamphetamine within a floor compartment. The drugs weighed more than 360 pounds, with an estimated value of nearly $1.1M.
Officers seized both tractor trailers and the drugs. Both drivers were arrested and turned over 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 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.