TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national allegedly involved in separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of nearly 63 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Juan Andres Gonzalez, 39, of Tucson, for further inspection of his Ford truck on Dec. 6. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs that turned out to be more than 15 pounds of heroin worth nearly $214,000.
On Dec. 5, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Clemente Cota-Quintero, 42, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Buick SUV. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the vehicle’s glove compartment, officers found more than 23 pounds of cocaine worth almost $243,000.
Later that day at the DeConcini crossing, officers referred Andrea Medina, 34, of Tucson, for further inspection of her Fiat sedan. A canine team alerted to the dash area where officers found more than 24 pounds of meth worth nearly $73,000.
CBP officers seized all drugs and turned the 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.