TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three people earlier this week for their alleged involvement in separate attempts to smuggle a combined 102 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine on Dec. 12 at the Dennis DeConcini crossing found more than 70 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $213,000, in a Hyundai SUV driven by a 30-year-old Mexican man living legally in Nogales, Arizona.
At about the same time, officers working with a canine at the Mariposa crossing found 3 pounds of heroin and 8 pounds of meth, with a combined value exceeding $76,000, in an Acura SUV driven by a 24-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Again with the help of a CBP canine, officers at the Mariposa crossing on Dec. 11 found 6 pounds of heroin and 5 pounds of meth in a Ford van driven by a 44-year-old Mexican man from Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs have a combined value of almost $120,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all three 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.