TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals as well as two Tucson women during separate smuggling attempts over the weekend at the Port of Nogales.
March 7, officers at the DeConcini crossing seized a combination of cocaine and meth, when they referred a Chevrolet SUV for additional inspection. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the quarter panels of the vehicle, a 24-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested, for having nearly 17.5 pounds of cocaine and 10.5 pounds of meth within his vehicle. The cocaine is worth nearly $183,000 and the meth is worth more than $31,500.
Later that day, officers searched a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 24-year-old Tucson woman and her 24-year-old female passenger, also from Tucson, at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. The pair were arrested after officers found nearly 114 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $57,000, under the car’s floor boards. A CBP narcotics detection canine assisted officers in locating the cargo.
Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred a 32-year-old woman for further inspection March 6. During the inspection, officers located four packages of meth around her waist area, weighing more than nine pounds and worth nearly $133,000.
Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a, 32-year-old man, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after locating more than 33 pounds of meth in his Chevrolet SUV. The drugs are valued at $99,500.
Officers processed all vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred all 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.