TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen on Oct. 3, during separate attempts to smuggle more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine combined through the Port of Nogales.
CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing were conducting a secondary inspection of a Pontiac sedan, driven by a 66-year-old SENTRI program member from Nogales, Arizona, when a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a hidden compartment under the front seats. Officers then removed eight packages of cocaine weighing more than 31 pounds and worth in excess of $214,000. They removed 10 other packages of meth weighing more than 11 pounds and worth more than $34,000. The subject’s SENTRI document was revoked and he is now a SENTRI violator.
A short time later at the same crossing, officers referred a 23-year-old man from Mexicali, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. Again, a CBP canine alerted officers to drugs. This time it was more than 12 pounds of meth, worth approximately $37,000, in non-factory compartments within the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Officer processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred both subjects 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.