SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Mexican man was arrested Friday at the San Luis II Commercial Port for attempting to smuggle 669 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 48-year-old driver for an additional inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving. After an anomaly was discovered using a commercial x-ray system, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the back of the trailer. A further search led to the discovery of 27 packages of marijuana hidden behind the back wall of the trailer. The drugs and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"CBP officers employed several layers of enforcement to identify and locate this drug load," said CBP Assistant Port Director Chris Leon. "Their hard work stopped another significant amount of marijuana from reaching its intended destination."
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.