TUCSON, Ariz. — Four Mexican nationals were apprehended in separate incidents late last week for attempting to smuggle a combined 98-plus pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations working at the Port of Nogales commercial facility referred a 42-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Lincoln sport utility vehicle on Sept. 3. During the inspection, officers found nearly 37 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $385,000, inside the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Sept. 4, a 46-year-old Mexican woman was referred for additional inspection of her Buick SUV at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle’s trunk, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine worth in excess of $67,000.
Later that same day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 29-year-old Mexican woman and her 27-year-old female Mexican passenger for further inspection of a Buick SUV. The search led to the discovery of 39 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $116,000.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved and turned the subjects 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 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.