TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican man on June 19 for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly $121,000 in methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Felizardo Olivares-Larios, 48, of Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Nissan SUV he was driving. During a secondary inspection, officers located more than 40 pounds of meth within a non-factory compartment in the vehicle’s dashboard area.
The seizure comes just a day after officers seized 18 pounds of meth from smugglers using a similar method in an attempt to get past port officers.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Olivares 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.