NOGALES, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales were busy during the weekend with attempted drug smuggling of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Four U.S. citizens and a Mexican national were apprehended in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 45-plus pounds of drugs into the United States.
Officers from the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 30-year-old man for further questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. When officers searched the man, they found nearly a pound of methamphetamine worth more than $15,000.
Saturday, officers assigned to the Mariposa crossing referred a 30-year-old Phoenix woman for further inspection of her Pontiac sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 17 packages of drugs under the floorboards. Three of the packages contained more than a pound of methamphetamine worth $18,400, five packages contained more than 12.5 pounds of cocaine worth more than $114,500, and nine packages contained more than 15 pounds of heroin worth more than $204,000.
Also on Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 22-year-old Mesa woman with 2.3 pounds of heroin on her person worth an estimated $32,300 and a 25-year-old Mexican male transporting 12 packages of methamphetamine in his Nissan sedan after a CBP canine alerted to the presence of nearly 13 pounds of the illegal drug valued at $200,500.
Sunday, officers at DeConcini’s pedestrian lanes referred a 22-year-old Tucson woman for further questioning and discovered she possessed a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, which required removal by medical personnel. The drugs were worth nearly $3,900.
All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned 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.