Nogales CBP Officers Quash Several Narcotic Smuggling Attempts
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested multiple people for separate alleged attempts to smuggle more than 111 pounds of methamphetamine, five (5) pounds of fentanyl pills and 1/3 pound of Xanax pills through the Port of Nogales on Tuesday.
Officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 66-year-old Legal Permanent Resident man for an additional search of his pick-up as he attempted to enter the United States (U.S.). A search led to the discovery of 68 packages hidden inside a non-factory compartment in the bed. The contents were determined to be 108 pounds of methamphetamine and five (5) pounds of Fentanyl pills.
On the same day, officers at the DeConcini and Mariposa crossings referred 4 pedestrians, all US citizens for further inspections. The secondary inspections resulted in the seizure of four (4) pounds of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of fentanyl pills and one-third pound of Xanax pills.
Officers seized the narcotics and a vehicle, arrested the subjects & then turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and state and local authorities.
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.