TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two men and a woman involved in separate attempts to smuggle a combined 46 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales on May 16.
Officers at the Nogales West (Mariposa) crossing, working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine, located more than 38 pounds of meth, valued at almost $115,000, in the spare tire of a Dodge truck driven by a 54-year-old Rio Rico man.
Later in the day, officers and a drug canine at the DeConcini vehicle crossing were searching a Toyota sedan driven by an 18-year-old man from in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, when the canine alerted to man’s legs. Officers then searched the man and discovered more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth close to $41,000, taped to his legs.
On the same day but at the DeConcini pedestrian lanes, officers questioned and then searched a 47-year-old Tucson woman. The search turned up more than 5 pounds of meth, valued at nearly $16,000, hidden within her underclothing.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all three subjects over to 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 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.