NOGALES, Ariz. — A pair of Arizonans wanted on drug charges were apprehended Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Nogales.
Officers first referred Maria Susana Lopez, 30, of Coolidge, for additional questioning when she attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa pedestrian crossing. During a routine records check, officers learned Lopez was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for trafficking narcotics. She was arrested and turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department without further incident.
Later the same day, officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing encountered Christian Perez-Lopez, 21, of Tucson. A routine records check determined Perez was wanted on drug possession charges. He was arrested and turned over to the U.S. Marshals without further incident.
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.