$809K of Meth Seized in Mango Shipment at Nogales Port of Entry by CBP Officers
TUCSON, AZ - Picture this: I’m munching on my honey mango for breakfast and sipping upon my hot coffee, then—gasp—news breaks that someone used one of my favorite fruits for different, nefarious purpose than a trusty, go-to snack. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at Arizona’s Port of Nogales have arrested a man for his handiwork in what is now a failed attempt to bring 270 pounds of methamphetamine stateside within a mango shipment on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
The tractor-trailer carrying mangos was making its way through inspection on Wednesday afternoon when Mariposa Cargo Facility-based officers referred the 33-year-old man operating the vehicle for further review.
If you’re wondering how they were tipped to the narcotics, a CBP canine, trained to detect narcotics, alerted officials to a scent—from there, the drugs were located on the trailer’s rear floor. The alleged meth shipment is worth a reported $809,000, according to a CBP press release, and was tucked within 250 packages.
The suspect was arrested after the drugs were seized, and was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation.
Enter, sight of relief. We can all rest in our chairs again, knowing that CBP tracked down one more shipment with ulterior motives, rather than supporting the industry and the produce we know and love.