TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 23-year-old Phoenix man and his 23-year-old girlfriend July 6 for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine and more than two pounds of heroin through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred Robert James Tucker and Nadia Yunuen Perez for a secondary inspection of a PT Cruiser they were driving during an attempt to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to possible drugs in the rear bumper and four doors, officers found more than $119,000 in meth and approximately $31,000 worth of heroin.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. Tucker and Perez were arrested and 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.