TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals during the weekend for alleged attempts to smuggle more than 16 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 64 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Naco.
On Nov. 14, officers referred Francisco Javier Guerrero-Mendez, 24, and his 22-year-old passenger, Samuel Gosvanny Sabori-Fernandez, both of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of their Isuzu Rodeo. During the inspection, officers discovered more than 16 pounds of meth, value at more than $49,000, in a pair of coolers in the back of the vehicle.
The day before, officers selected Anna Laura Nunez de Rodriguez, 39, a legal resident living in Hereford, Arizona, for further inspection of her Fiat sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs and officers found multiple packages of marijuana throughout the vehicle, worth nearly $32,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and referred all subjects 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.