TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Arizona women allegedly involved in an attempt to smuggle more than 51 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through Port of Nogales on Nov. 11.
After officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Mercedes Jeanne Dukes, 42, of Phoenix, and her 35-year-old passenger, Jenelle Leanne Meyers, of Surprise, for further inspection of a Honda sedan, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s front and rear seats. Officers found nearly five pounds of cocaine, worth almost $51,000, and close to 47 pounds of meth valued at approximately $140,000.
Officers seized the drugs and turned both suspects 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.