Nogales CBP Officers Arrest Three Drug Smugglers and Seize $210K Worth of Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl from two Mexican nationals and one United States citizen Thursday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 41-year-old Mexican man for further inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Thursday morning. During the search of his Ford SUV, officers discovered nearly 70 packages concealed in the quarter panels following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it was trained to detect. The packages were identified as almost 75 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated value of more than $67,000.
Hours later, officers assigned to the DeConcini Crossing referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle, officers removed several packages from the vehicle’s drive shaft. The packages contained more than 11 pounds of heroin with an estimated value of nearly $131,000.
Thursday evening, CBP officers assigned to the Mariposa Crossing encountered an 18-year-old U.S. citizen as a commercial bus passenger. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect emitting from the woman. Officers found two packages concealed in her bra and one around her waistline. The packages were identified as nearly one pound of heroin and fentanyl with a total value of almost $9,900.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.