TUCSON, Ariz. — A 22-year-old Tucson woman was arrested Jan. 7 for attempting to smuggle nearly 19 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States through the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Symba May Smith for a further inspection of her Chevrolet truck when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the firewall of the vehicle, officers removed five packages containing more than 12 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $126,000, and one package containing 6.5 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $19,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned Smith 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.