NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Mexican national was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of heroin into the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Ramon Octavio Urbina-Cano, 22, for an additional inspection of his Jeep SUV at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the front bumper, officers removed the heroin worth nearly $68,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Urbina-Cano was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. 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 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.