TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents arrested a 31-year-old Mexican man near the international boundary fence Monday evening for illegally entering the United States and for narcotics smuggling.
Border Patrol agents observed a man with suspected narcotics bundle strapped to his back climb over the international boundary fence just west of the Port of Nogales’ Dennis DeConcini Crossing and enter a 2004 Ford Explorer.
Agents followed the vehicle as it headed east toward Nogales until it stopped in a nearby parking lot. The man exited the vehicle and led agents on a short foot pursuit before being taken into custody.
A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a large bundle of suspected narcotics. Within the bundle, agents found several plastic containers containing more than 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth approximately $49,000.
Agents seized the drugs and vehicle. The man faces felony charges for narcotics smuggling and immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.