TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four individuals involved in separate attempts this week to sneak approximately $655,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine team at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Oct.19 seized more than $403,000 worth of cocaine, weighing nearly 32 pounds, and heroin, weighing close to three pounds, from a 22-year-old Mexican man after finding the drugs in his Jeep SUV.
Earlier that morning, officers working with a canine at the DeConcini crossing located almost $164,000 in meth, cocaine and heroin in a Nissan sedan driven by a 31-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Later that afternoon, a 24-year-old Tucson man was attempting to cross into the United States through the DeConcini pedestrian lanes when officers referred him for further inspection and found approximately $31,000 worth of cocaine in his groin area.
On Oct. 18, officers at the DeConcini pedestrian lanes referred a 50-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection and, thanks to a drug canine’s alert, discovered more than $57,000 worth of cocaine wrapped around her midsection.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects 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.