NOGALES, Ariz. —Two Mexican nationals and a U.S. citizen were apprehended in separate weekend incidents involving attempts to smuggle a combined 72-plus pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred an 18-year-old Mexican man for further inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. Sept. 13. When officers searched the man, they found two packages of methamphetamine wrapped around his waist. The drugs, weighing more than three pounds, are worth approximately $9,700.
Also at the Mariposa crossing, officers arrested a 33-year-old Mexican man after finding nearly 47 pounds of meth and more than three pounds of heroin hidden in his vehicle. A CBP canine assisted officers in finding multiple packages of the drug valued at nearly $187,000.
Officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 19-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for additional inspection of his Pontiac sedan when he attempted to cross into the U.S. after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed almost 19 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $198,000, from the dashboard area.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, 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.