Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt when they seized 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a can of powdered milk.
On February 2 at about 12:30 p.m., CBP officers were screening pedestrians at the DeConcini Morley Gate at the Nogales port of entry. CBP officers became suspicious of a woman who was identified as a United States citizen and resident of Nogales, Ariz.
CBP officers searched the woman's belongings and found that the can of powdered milk she was carrying had a plastic bag of crystal meth concealed in the bottom of the can. The crystal meth weighed more than 1.5 pounds and had an estimated street value of more than $70,000.
CBP officers seized the crystal meth. The woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.
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.