TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals and one U.S. citizen during separate weekend attempts to smuggle almost $992,000 worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred Aug. 27 when officers referred a 30-year-old woman from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico for a secondary inspection of her KIA van at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of nearly 72 pounds of meth, worth more than $215,000, within a non-factory compartment inside the vehicle’s rear cargo area.
On Aug. 26 officers at the Mariposa crossing found more than 11 pounds of cocaine, valued at nearly $125,000, in a Honda van driven by a 25-year-old female U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. A canine’s alert also led officers to more than 25 pounds of meth, worth almost $76,000, and more than one pound of marijuana, valued more than $600.
On Aug 25, officers stopped two drug loads. One stop netted more than 18 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $204,000, seized at the DeConcini crossing from a 41-year-old male Mexican national driving a Dodge truck. The second haul included nearly 26 pounds of meth, worth close to $78,000, and almost 26 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $295,000, taken from a Ford truck driven by a 42-year-old male Mexican national at the Mariposa crossing.
In all, officers seized four vehicles, approximately 123 pounds of meth and 55 pounds of cocaine, and one pound of marijuana. All four subjects were turned 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.