TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested two Mexican nationals during separate smuggling attempts earlier this week involving a combined 57 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $645,000.
Sunday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 20-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Isuzu truck and flatbed trailer. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to wooden planks covering the bottom of the trailer, officers found more than 24 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $276,000.
Tuesday afternoon, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing seized nearly 33 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $369,000, when the driver of a Ford SUV seeking admission into the United States was sent to secondary inspection. The driver, a 29-year-old Mexican man, was arrested after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the rear cargo area where the drugs were found.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved, and turned both 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.