TUCSON, Ariz. —A seizure of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales on Sept. 29 involved nearly 47 pounds of drugs valued at more than $581,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Ivan Lopez-Menchaca, 35, of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of his Nissan sport utility vehicle. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of contraband in the truck’s dashboard area, officers removed more than 36 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $511,000; and more than five pounds each of cocaine and meth with a combined value exceeding $70,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred Lopez 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.