TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three people during separate attempts to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on May 3.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 32-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Volkswagen and found more than 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $230,000, in the rear quarter panels.
Earlier in the afternoon, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman for a further search. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed more than four pounds of meth, valued at more than $12,000, found wrapped around the woman’s calves.
Officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing found nearly 3 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $30,000, taped around the legs of a 22-year-old Nogales, Arizona man after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the drugs.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subjects 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.