TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national involved in connection with a failed smuggling attempt Monday.
CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing SENTRI lane referred a 28-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Dodge sedan, as she attempted to enter the United States on Monday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers discovered nearly 2 dozen packages, which were concealed within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The packages held nearly 51 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of in excess of $1.2M.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. 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.