NOGALES, Ariz. — A Mexican national was apprehended Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana into the United States.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations at the Port of Nogales’ Mariposa crossing referred Jose Enriquez-Anzar, 70, for a non-intrusive inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving. After an x-ray revealed an anomaly, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the ‘empty’ trailer. Officers then discovered 139 bundles of marijuana behind a false wall. The drugs had a combined weight of 2,946 pounds, worth an estimated $1,473,000.
Officers seized the drugs and tractor-trailer, and turned Enriquez-Anzar over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.