Nogales, Ariz. - Three people were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle more than $283,000 worth of cocaine and nearly $41,000 of methamphetamine into the United States through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 32-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck when he attempted to enter the United States on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 12 packages of cocaine weighing more than 31 pounds inside the vehicle's dashboard. The drugs, worth an estimated $283,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Saturday, officers referred a 21-year-old woman and her 21-year-old female passenger, both of Nogales, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of a Chevrolet sedan. When officers performed a routine pat down of both women, they located containers of methamphetamine taped to their stomach area. Each subject had more than 1.3 pounds of the drug on them, worth a combined total of nearly $41,000. Both were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements' Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.