TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican man connected with a failed attempt to smuggle cocaine into the United States on Thursday.
CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing referred a 22-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection Thursday morning of his Chevy SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed several packages of drugs that were hidden behind the radio, which were identified as more than 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $484,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as his vehicle, while the subject was 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.