NOGALES, Ariz. — Two males, one from Mexico and the other a United States citizen, were recently arrested in separate drug-smuggling attempts through Nogales Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Jorge Humberto Lopez-Ramos, 64, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of a GMC truck he attempted to drive through the port Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s driver-side door, where officers discovered 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $82,500.
Monday, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Christian Ortiz, 31, a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a further search of his Chevrolet truck. During the search, a drug detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s front and back seats where officers found 39 pounds of meth worth an estimated $117,700.
The vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects 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.