TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested one U.S. citizens and three Mexican nationals during separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a Chevrolet truck for a secondary inspection March 1. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. After officers located 10 packages of meth, weighing nearly 12 pounds and worth more than $35,000, they arrested Gabriel Arguelles-Gastelum, 47, of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
On Feb. 27, officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested Tomas Robles-Vea, 49, of Benjamin Hill, Sonora, Mexico, after locating nearly 17 pounds of meth in his Chevrolet sedan. The drugs are valued at $49,500.
Officers searched a Nissan sedan belonging to Eduardo Tabanico-Flores, 64, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on Feb. 26 at the Dennis DeConcini crossing and found nearly 27 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $281,000, in the car’s quarter panels.
On Feb. 25, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a Tucson, Arizona woman after a service canine alerted to the presence of drugs in her Pontiac sedan. Daniela Ruiz, 33, attempted to enter the U.S. with nearly 35 pounds of meth. The meth is valued in excess of $104,000.
On Feb. 24, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing seized more than three pounds of heroin from 36-year-old Richard Christian Holm of Nogales, Arizona. Officers referred Holm for further questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to possible drugs, officers removed a single package of heroin wrapped around the subject’s back. The drugs are worth more than $44,000.
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.