NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office made two separate drug seizures Thursday, resulting in nearly 59 pounds of cocaine recovered.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 21-year-old Tucson man for a secondary inspection of his Ford truck when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 13 packages of cocaine, weighing almost 34 pounds and valued at $305,500, inside the vehicle frame.
Later yesterday afternoon, a 27-year-old Mexican woman was referred for a secondary inspection of her Buick sedan when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, the vehicle was taken to a lift where officers found 10 packages of cocaine inside a non-factory compartment in the vehicle's dashboard. The packages contained more than 25 pounds of cocaine valued at $230,000. There was also more than one-third of a pound of methamphetamines mixed in the drug load.
In both incidents, the vehicles and drugs were processed for seizure. The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.