NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Nogales Commercial Facility seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana Friday from inside a tractor-trailer attempting to enter the United States. The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican national, was arrested in connection with the seizure.
Officers referred the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico resident for an additional inspection of the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving when he attempted to enter the United States. After a routine inspection of the shipment, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the shipment. A total of 99 bundles of marijuana were co-mingled with the peppers.
The drugs, produce and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The unidentified driver was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.