TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers using a CBP narcotics-detection canine found nearly $136,000 worth of cocaine in a Ford SUV during an inspection at the Port of Nogales Thursday.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested the driver, a 19-year-old male Mexican national and legal permanent resident of the U.S., after finding almost 12 pounds of the drug hidden within the vehicle’s dashboard.
Officers seized the drugs and SUV, and turned the subject 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.