TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Nogales Dennis DeConcini Crossing arrested a 21-year-old, male U.S. citizen, Tuesday morning after he attempted to smuggle more than 45 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico.
The driver was referred to secondary inspection, where a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to find 44 packages of drugs hidden throughout the driver’s Jeep.
Officers arrested the man for narcotics smuggling, and seized his vehicle and drugs before turning him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security 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.