NOGALES, Ariz. - A 60-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Thursday for attempting to smuggle nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine, valued more than $32,000, through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing selected a Chevrolet truck driven by Jesus Ocegueda-Ocegueda for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. Officers then removed nine packages of meth from the firewall area beneath the windshield wipers.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Ocegueda was 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.