TUCSON, Ariz. — A Phoenix woman is in custody in connection with a drug seizure of methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales, yesterday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Vanessa Veline Garcia, 28, for a follow-up inspection of her Nissan sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the dashboard area, officers removed nine packages of methamphetamine. The packages contained more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $59,000.
The seizure followed a seizure Monday at the same crossing, where officers discovered 33 pounds of meth inside the quarter panels of an sport utility vehicle. The drugs were valued at $100,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred Garcia 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.