NOGALES, ARIZ.—Two Mexican nationals and a Tucson woman were arrested this weekend at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 292 pounds of drugs into the United States.
Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 55-year-old Sonora, Mexico woman and her 23-year-old daughter for an additional inspection of the mother’s Dodge truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in a hidden compartment in the truck bed, officers removed nearly 227 pounds of marijuana worth more than $113,000.
Early Friday, officers at the DeConcini Port referred a 37-year-old Tucson woman for additional inspection of her GMC truck. A CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the fuel tank; officers located more than 65 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $33,000.
The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. All three subjects were 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 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.