Customs and Border Patrol Officers Arrest Marijuana Smuggler at the Port of Naco with 72 Pounds of Marijuana

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Naco prevented a Mexican national from smuggling more than 72 pounds of marijuana into the United States, June 3.

CBP officers referred a 36-year-old man for further inspection of his Chrysler sedan Monday afternoon.  When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered several large packages of marijuana with a weight of more than 72 pounds, hidden within the vehicle’s back seat.  The drugs have a street value worth more than $36,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle.  The subject was arrested and charged for narcotics smuggling.  He was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for 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.

CBP’s officers at ports of entry screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.  Their mission involves narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.