TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 34-year-old man from Altar, Sonora, Mexico, for attempting to smuggle and estimated $266,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Oct. 31.
After officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Jeep SUV, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to one of the vehicle’s front wheel wells containing almost 3 pounds each of heroin and cocaine, and more than 62 pounds of meth.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subject 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.