TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and Chandler, Arizona woman on Wednesday during separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Juan Carlos Santos-Soto, 36, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Nissan sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within a false compartment in the vehicle’s center console. Officers then removed four packages of cocaine weighing nearly 10 pounds and valued at more than $103,000.
Later that day, officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested Dina Consuelo Blair, 47, after a narcotics service canine helped them locate nearly eight pounds of heroin inside suitcases in her Ford truck. The drugs are valued at $107,000.
Officers processed both vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred both individuals 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.