TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Tucson resident allegedly involved in a smuggling attempt at the Port of Nogales over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of more than 65 pounds of marijuana.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Angel Benjamin Martinez, 22, for further inspection of his Cadillac sedan Jan. 10. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs worth nearly $33,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned Martinez 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 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.