TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals on Sept. 17 involved in separate attempts to smuggle a combined $237,000-worth of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 24-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Dodge sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers found more than 30 pounds of meth worth in excess of $91,000.
Later that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing located nearly 24 pounds of meth, valued at almost $72,000, and just under .75 pounds of heroin worth more than $12,000. Officers discovered the drugs in the back wall of a Dodge truck driven by a 78-year-old man from Ures, Sonora, Mexico.
A third seizure occurred a short time later at the Mariposa crossing involving a 24-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of close to 123 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $61,000, concealed within the floors of a Nissan sedan.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles used in the smuggling attempts, and turned the subjects 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.