CBP Officers Arrest Two for Drug Smuggling
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a U.S. citizen as well as a Mexican national involved in connections with separate failed attempts to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the United States over the weekend, worth more than $75,000.
Friday morning, CBP officers at the Morley Pedestrian Gate referred a 31-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection. A search led to the discovery of more than 3 pounds of heroin, worth almost $54,000, which was wrapped around the woman’s chest.
CBP officers referred a 28-year-old man for further inspection of his Acura sedan on Saturday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers found 3 packages of heroin totaling more than a pound with a value of more than $21,000, taped around his calves, and a small package of meth in his waistband valued at nearly $200.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. Both subjects were 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.