TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 51-year-old Tucson woman Tuesday evening for attempting to smuggle nearly $130,000 worth of hard drugs into the United States.
Officers referred the woman for further inspection of a 1991 Nissan Sedan she was driving when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s dashboard. Officers conducting the search then discovered a non-factory compartment within the dash, containing nine packages of drugs.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, which consisted of more than 5 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $16,000; almost 3 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $31,000; a little more than a pound of heroin, worth an estimated $23,500; and more than 3.5 pounds of fentanyl, with an estimated value of more than $58,000.
The woman was arrested for narcotics smuggling and 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.