Our US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is now freed up to keep a tighter lid on who and what comes across the border, thanks to the efforts of President Trump to see it through.
No doubt the agents have their work cut out for them, since the Mexican drug cartels had it so easy under former President Obama’s lax border enforcement policies. Drug smuggling is a primary reason for needing the border wall built and increasing border security.
What the CBP agents discovered in a tractor-trailer at the Port of Nogales in Nogales, Arizona only hammered that point home. Agents seized 13,700 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of bell peppers with an estimated street value of $6.85 million.
Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized drugs worth more than $7,200,000 on one day at the Port of Nogales in Nogales, Arizona. Nogales shares a border with Sonora, Mexico, and is Arizona’s largest border city.
On Saturday afternoon, a K-9 drug detection officer alerted on a tractor trailer carrying bell peppers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility. CBP officers took the produce off of the tractor and discovered that the 46-year-old Mexican driver had 13,700 pounds of marijuana hidden in the produce. The drugs have an estimated street value of $6.85 million.
Officers located more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana co-mingled with a shipment of bell peppers. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
On that same day, border agents also arrested a Mexican national carrying an excess of 34 pounds of cocaine hidden in his Ford SUV bumping up the day’s haul to more than $7.2 million:
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing also busted a 29-year-old Mexican man. His vehicle was referred to be inspected when he reached the border crossing. A CBP drug-detection canine alerted on the Ford SUV, and officers found more than 34 pounds of cocaine hidden in the back seats. Officials estimate the value of the drug at almost $386,000.
Not much more should have to be said to Congress before they get on board with funding the wall. In the meantime, US Border Patrol agents will just have to do the best they can with what they have, and so far, they’re doing a great job!
But we also suspect that for every drug shipment our agents catch, there’s probably one or two that they don’t catch because of their limitations and the ease at which smugglers can get across!