Nogales, Ariz. — Three Mexican nationals were apprehended in separate incidents during the holiday for attempting to smuggle a combined 55-plus pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s at the Port of Nogales commercial facility referred a 52-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of the tractor-trailer and shipment of watermelons he was hauling Monday. During the inspection, officers found more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $378,000, inside the vehicle’s air suspension bags.
Earlier Monday, a 57-year-old Mexican man was referred for additional inspection of his Honda SUV at the Mariposa Port. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs between the vehicle’s dashboard and firewall, officers located more than 14 pounds of cocaine and nearly six pounds of methamphetamine. The drugs had a combined value exceeding $215,000.
Sunday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 48-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet sedan. A narcotics detection canine alerted officers to more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $174,500, behind the front bumper.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. OFO officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.