TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people last Friday, for their alleged involvement in separate attempts to smuggle a combined 100 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana worth more than a half-million-dollars through the Port of Nogales.
Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Mariposa crossing found more than 40 pounds of cocaine, meth and heroin, worth $488,000, in a Cadillac sedan driven by a 44-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs were found within both rocker panels.
Later that night, officers at the Mariposa crossing found 52 pounds of marijuana, with a value of $26,000, in a Ford SUV driven by a 20-year-old Mexican man from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs were located within the gas tank.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both 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.