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CBP officers seize heroin, meth worth nearly $260k

Release Date: 
April 4, 2013

 

CBP officers found the drugs inside the spare tire of his vehicle.

CBP officers at the Nogales Port arrested a 21-year-old man for attempting to smuggle a combined 18 pounds of black tar heroin and methamphetamine into the United States.

NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Nogales Port arrested a 21-year-old man yesterday for attempting to smuggle a combined 18-plus pounds of black tar heroin and methamphetamine into the United States.

Benjamin Fornes, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for inspection of his Toyota SUV. During the inspection, CBP officers found almost 15 pounds of heroin and nearly four pounds of methamphetamine inside the vehicle's spare tire.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Fornes was 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017