CBP Officers Arrest Two for Drug Smuggling
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested 2 U.S. citizens involved in connections with separate failed attempts to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the United States Tuesday, worth nearly $178,000.
CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 41-year-old man for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers found nearly 50 packages of meth throughout the vehicle. The drugs weighed more than 51 pounds, worth in excess of $153,000.
CBP officers at the pedestrian lanes at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 40-year-old woman for further inspection on Tuesday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers found 2 packages strapped around her midsection. One of the packages contained just more than a pound of meth, worth nearly $3,300, while the other package contained more than a pound of heroin, worth in excess of $21,000.
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.