TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales stopped five individuals with a combined 136 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, worth nearly $415,000, during separate weekend incidents at the Dennis DeConcini crossing.
A CBP officer working at the pedestrian lane referred three women from Anchorage, Alaska, one age 33, one 30-year-old, and a 29-year-old, for further inspection Friday morning when they attempted to enter the U.S. A subsequent search revealed two women were carrying meth concealed within their pelvic cavities; the third woman concealed a package of heroin in her purse. The drugs weighed more than one pound and have a combined value of $11,000.
Saturday morning, officers referred a 47-year-old U.S. woman for an additional inspection of her Dodge SUV. A CBP canine alerted to the vehicle’s spare tire area where officers discovered almost 43 pounds of meth, worth close to $129,000.
Approximately on hour later, officers referred a 21-year-old woman from Mexico for a secondary search of her Dodge sedan. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle which contained 92 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $275,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles involved. All five subjects were arrested for narcotics smuggling and were turned 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.