TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a Mexican national involved in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle fentanyl into the United States Thursday.
Officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 44-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Nissan SUV. A search led to the discovery of nearly 7.5 pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $117,000, inside of a backpack.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was arrested and then 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.