SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Mexican man was arrested Friday at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle approximately 295 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Francisco Gallegos Bojorquez, 50, a Mexican national living in San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional inspection of his 1999 Ford F-350 flatbed utility truck. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the rear of the vehicle, officers discovered 12 bundles of marijuana hidden in an auxiliary fuel tank. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Gallegos was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for processing.
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.