TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Nogales, Arizona woman March 23 for an alleged attempt to smuggle cocaine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.
After officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected Odetta Espinoza, 26, for further inspection of her Suzuki SUV, a narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. As a result, officers found more than 14 pounds of heroin, worth about $200,000, and nearly 15 pounds of cocaine valued at close to $154,000.
Officers processed the vehicle and drugs for seizure, and referred Espinoza to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.