CBP Officers Intercept Hard Drugs
Nogales, Ariz. - More than 24 pounds of methamphetamine and 13 pounds of heroin were seized in two separate incidents today by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Ports of Entry.
The first seizure occurred after officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred Luz Aidee Cubedo Figueroa, 37, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for additional questioning and a vehicle search when she attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle's trunk where officers found 12 packages of crystal meth weighing more than 19 pounds.
In the second incident, officers at the Mariposa Port referred Hector Octavio Hernandez-Mazon, 25, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. Again a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs, helping officers to locate 13 packages of methamphetamine and heroin within the middle seat of the truck. The meth weighed just less than five pounds, while the heroin weighed more than 13 pounds.
In each incident, the drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.