TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized approximately $201,000 worth of cocaine and heroin Monday morning.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 31-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. A CBP narcotics-detection canine subsequently alerted to the truck’s speaker box. Inside, officers found multiple packages containing more than 10 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $115,000, and almost 5 pounds of heroin worth nearly $86,000.
Officers arrested the driver and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle and drugs were seized.
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.