TUCSON, Ariz. – A 54-year-old Mexican man was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle approximately 38 pounds of cocaine hrough the Port of Naco.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Mazda SUV driven by Jose Luis Felix-Vega for further inspection and found 15 packages of cocaine. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found the stash in a non-factory compartment within the passenger-side wheel well.
Officers estimated the value of the drugs at $396,000. Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Felix 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.