TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals allegedly involved in an attempt to smuggle more than 18 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales Tuesday.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 39-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and his 32-year-old wife for a secondary inspection of their Chrysler PT Cruiser. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s rear panels, officers found nearly 13 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $136,000, and more than five pounds of methamphetamine valued at close to $16,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the couple 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.