TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine, valued in excess of $94,000, through the Port of Nogales Feb. 19.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Reyna Michelle Navarrete-Leon, 21, for further inspection of her Ford sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned Navarrete over to 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.