TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 63-year-old Phoenix man Oct. 12 after finding $220,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine in his Volkswagen van during a secondary inspection at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.
A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of nearly 12 pounds of cocaine and more than 28 pounds of meth within the vehicle’s front fenders and rear quarter panels.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and transferred custody of the subject 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.