CBP Officers Seize Tractor Trailer Loaded with Marijuanaby Hugh Holub on Jul. 23, 2011, under customs and border protection, politics
Press Release from US Customs and Border Protection July 22, 2011:
CBP Officers Seize Tractor Trailer Loaded with Marijuana
NOGALES, Ariz. — A 55-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was arrested yesterday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa Commercial Port in Nogales with more than $400,000 worth of marijuana hidden in a tile shipment.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers working at the port referred the driver for a secondary inspection where a non-intrusive inspection (NII) revealed anomalies within the tile. A narcotics detection canine then alerted to the shipment, which led to the discovery of 206 packages of marijuana weighing 810 pounds. The driver was taken into custody and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Acting Nogales Port Director Craig Hope applauded the CBP officers for their attention to detail and the continued results. “Infrastructure such as NII and CBP canine teams give our personnel additional resources to combat the illicit flow of drugs and crimes associated with smuggling at and between Arizona’s ports,” he said.
Over the last several years, NII technology has been a key component of CBP’s layered enforcement strategy. Technologies in use at air, sea and land border ports also include large scale X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems, as well as a variety of portable and hand-held devices.
NII technology is viewed as a force multiplier that enables CBP officers and agents to scan or examine a larger portion of commercial traffic for contraband while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade. The technology gives CBP the capability to perform thorough examinations of cargo without resorting to the costly, time-consuming process of unloading cargo for manual searches.
In March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security launched the Southwest Border Initiative to bring unprecedented focus and intensity to securing the Southwest border, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart, and effective approach to enforcing our immigration laws.
Field Operations officers’ primary mission is to prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. They screen all people, vehicles, and goods passing through our ports while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. They also conduct border-related duties such as narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.