Tucson, Ariz. — A male Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 27 pounds of cocaine through the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales, Ariz.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a Ford sedan, driven by a 50-year-old legal resident of Nogales, Ariz., for further inspection. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs near the dash area, officers found 10 packages of cocaine in a non-factory compartment. The drugs, worth an estimated $243,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure.
The subject was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.