TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Port of Nogales officers arrested a Tucson resident attempting to smuggle nearly eight (8) pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a wheelchair.
Wednesday afternoon, CBP officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred a 56-year-old man in a wheelchair for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. Following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers discovered and removed three packages of methamphetamine stitched into the seat and the backrest of the man’s wheelchair. In addition, the man had a package of meth concealed on his body. The estimated street value of the drugs was approximately $8,000.00.
Officers seized the drugs. The subject was arrested and turned over 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.