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.
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.