TUCSON, Ariz. — Officers seized more than five pounds of heroin and methamphetamine during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Miguel Angel Peralta-Puebla, 31, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further questioning and a secondary inspection of his Ford truck on June 6. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within luggage in the truck’s bed, officers found two packages of heroin within the luggage’s lining. The packages weighed more than three pounds and are worth close to $43,000.
On June 7, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 14-year-old female Mexican teen for further inspection at the pedestrian crossing. After CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert to possible drugs, officers searched the teen’s clothing and found more than two pounds of meth, worth in excess of $6,000, underneath.
Officers seized all drugs and one vehicle, and turned both subjects over 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.