TUCSON, Ariz. —Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were apprehended in separate weekend incidents involving attempts to smuggle a combined 119-plus pounds of drugs into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 34-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan as she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the wheel wells, officers discovered nearly 3.5 pounds of heroin worth approximately $49,000.
Officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 40-year-old Tucson woman Saturday after finding 76 pounds of meth hidden in her vehicle. A CBP canine assisted officers in finding 60 packages of the drug with a combined value of more than $228,000.
A 21-year-old Mexican man was also arrested Sunday after a canine team alerted officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing to 1.2 pounds of heroin, worth almost $17,000, inside the man’s shoes.
Later in the day, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 39-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV. A narcotics canine helped officers locate 25 packages of methamphetamine, weighing more than 38 pounds, worth nearly $116,000.
All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over 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.