TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 49-year-old woman Tuesday morning for attempting to smuggle almost $326,000 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers referred the woman for further inspection of her Chrysler sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Dennis DeConcini crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert led officers to find multiple packages of drugs throughout the vehicle. The drugs included more than 67 pounds of meth, worth almost $202,000, and close to 8 pounds of fentanyl, worth nearly $124,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the woman 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.