TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national Sunday for attempting to smuggle approximately 39 pounds of cocaine, valued at $411,000, through the Port of Naco.
Hector Manuel Madrid-Valencia, 48, was taken into custody after officers found 16 packages of cocaine under the dashboard of his Toyota during a secondary inspection.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Madrid 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.