Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a 32-year-old Mexican man after discovering more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado on Wednesday evening.
Agents referred the driver for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle. When agents searched the trailer, they found 131 bundles of marijuana, worth more than $770,000, hidden in the roof.
Agents turned the driver, marijuana, and tractor-trailer over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
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.