Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 51 pounds of cocaine, 560 pounds of marijuana and four pounds of heroin in six separate smuggling attempts over the weekend.
In the morning hours of July 16, CBP officers inspected a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by a 44-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. During the inspection, they discovered several packages of cocaine totaling more than 51 pounds.
Later that same day, officers referred a 14-year-old boy from Nogales, Sonora for a secondary inspection and discovered two pounds of heroin concealed in his shoes. About 10 minutes later, officers arrested an 18-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora who was also carrying two pounds of heroin in the same type of shoes.
CBP officers inspecting a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by a 26-year-old woman from Phoenix found 240 packages containing more than 441 pounds of marijuana. Within the same hour, officers inspecting a 1996 Buick Le Saber driven by an 18-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, discovered four packages of marijuana totaling more than 41 pounds.
In all seizures, the narcotics and vehicles were seized and suspects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.