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Mexican National Arrested In Nogales For Smuggling Drugs In Transmission

Release Date: 
September 24, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers at Dennis DeConcini Port arrested a male Mexican national living in Tucson for attempting to smuggle more than five pounds of cocaine and eight pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

A narcotics detection canine alerted CBP officers to the transmission of the Ford truck containing roughly $170,000 worth of drugs.

Pilar Agustin Gaspar-Corrales, 44, was apprehended after a narcotics detection canine alerted CBP officers to the transmission of his Ford truck containing roughly $170,000 worth of drugs. Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and turned Gaspar-Corrales over to the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force for prosecution.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of 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 Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.