NOGALES, Ariz. - A Tucson resident and a Mexican national were arrested Friday for separate smuggling attempts through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Nissan sedan, driven by Geovanna Carrillo-Valencia, 34, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the search, officers removed 18 packages of drugs from a non-factory compartment in the trunk. Two of the packages contained nearly three pounds of heroin valued at $39,000; while 16 packages contained approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $45,000.
Later that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Ford Mustang for further inspection and questioning of a 24-year-old passenger. During questioning, officers learned the passenger, Andrea Marie Moreno, was carrying more than four pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $13,000, stashed around her upper torso.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Carrillo and Moreno were referred 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.