TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a pair of Mexican nationals during separate, weekend attempts to smuggle approximately $124,500 in marijuana through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing searched a Dodge truck belonging to German Ferra Corona, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, on Jan. 31 and found nearly 183 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $91,000, in the bed of the truck.
Earlier that day, officers at the Mariposa crossing, aided by a narcotics-detection canine, found more than 67 pounds of marijuana during the search of a GMC truck belonging to 26-year-old Oscar Alfonso Valenzuela –Valencia from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. Officers found the drugs, valued in excess of $33,500, in the gas tank and rear seats.
Officers 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.