TUCSON, Ariz. — Two people were arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through Arizona ports of entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales referred one vehicle passenger, a 41-year-old Phoenix woman, for additional inspection. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the suspect subsequently found with three packages of methamphetamine wrapped around her legs and mid-section. The drugs weighed more than four pounds and valued at an estimated $12,000.
Additionally, CBP officers at the Port of San Luis referred a 49-year-old male Mexican national for a further search of his Ford truck. During the search, they located three packages of meth concealed within the truck’s manifold. The drugs weighed more than six pounds and have an estimated value of $18,000.
The Ford truck and all drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred 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.