TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national Feb. 23 in connection to a failed attempt to smuggle more than 23 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers and a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing searched a Ford truck belonging to Mauricio Ozuna-Mejia, 42, of Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico. During the search, officers removed nearly seven pounds of heroin, worth more than $97,000, and more than 16 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $49,000, from the vehicle’s rear doors.
Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred Ozuna 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.