TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than $172,000-worth of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Francisco Arturo Hernandez-Millanes, 45, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Ford Mustang he was driving. During a secondary inspection, officers located almost 43 pounds of methamphetamine and more than three pounds of heroin within a compartment built into the vehicle’s rear bumper. The meth’s value exceeds $128,000, while the heroin is worth more than $44,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Hernandez 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.