NOGALES, Ariz. — A Mexican national is in custody following a drug seizure of methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales on Sept. 1.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Ana Luisa Salazar-Ortega, 41, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of her Pontiac Sport Utility Vehicle.
A routine inspection of the vehicle led to the discovery of 30 packages hidden in the rear quarter panels. The packages contained more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $100,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred Salazar 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.