April 24, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Trucks backed up at the American Mexico border, waiting 2 day to cross. This is why.
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly $2.1 million in marijuana over the weekend.
Officers referred a tractor trailer being driven by a 45-year-old Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa commercial facility, Saturday afternoon.
A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to nearly 600 bundles of marijuana concealed within a shipment of rolled sheet metal. The drugs are identified as more than 4100 pounds of marijuana with a value of nearly $2.1M.
Officers seized the tractor trailer and the drugs. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations pending further investigation.
Freight transport drivers crossing into the United States through the San Isidro and Otay Mesa ports have had to wait up to 48 hours to cross the border in a line up to 12 kilometers long.
On April 2, the Office of Customs and Border Protection closed two of the 10 lanes that are intended for cargo transport. Today, there are three fast lanes open where drivers say the wait is from 5 to 6.5 hours, while in the standard line, the wait can be up to two days.
The partial closure of the lanes is a “temporary and indefinite” action by CBP, which President Donald Trump decided, arguing that it is a problem that affects national security.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, said a few days ago that “if we do not achieve normalization very soon, it will cost both countries economically.” The losses are already occurring.
credit: In part with https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/nogales-cbp-officers-seize-significant-marijuana-load