Nogales, Ariz. — Drug and alien smugglers don’t take holidays off. Operating 24/7, smugglers this holiday season tried to slip ammunition to the south, drugs to the north and a Thai national in a suitcase.
On Monday, Dec. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales referred a 56-year-old Phoenix man for further inspection of his Honda SUV. When officers opened a suitcase in the back of the vehicle, they found a 48-year-old female Thai national underneath clothing.
New Year’s day, officers at the Port of Lukeville seized 6,000 rounds of ammunition from a 24-year-old Phoenix woman attempting to enter Mexico. Officers found the ammo cache in three backpacks on the backseat of her Nissan sedan.
During the week of Christmas, CBP officers arrested a 27-year-old female Mexican national at the Port of Nogales Dec. 22 after finding nearly 15 pounds of methamphetamine -- worth nearly $232,000 -- with the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine.
On Dec. 26, officers at the Port of San Luis referred a Chevrolet SUV for further inspection when a 40-year-old Avondale man attempted to enter the U.S. Officers found more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine in the fuel tank worth in excess of $800,000.
A 32-year-old woman from Glendale, Ariz., was apprehended the following day at the Port of Naco for attempting to smuggle nearly $68,000 worth of marijuana (roughly 136 pounds) in the tires her Nissan truck.
In each incident, the vehicles and contraband were seized.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP 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.
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.