TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national into custody Sept. 9 for an attempt to allegedly smuggle a combined 22 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Manuel DeJesus Sanchez-Beltran, 44, of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Nissan Altima he was driving. During a secondary search of the vehicle, officers found more than six pounds of methamphetamine, valued at nearly $19,000, and almost 16 pounds of cocaine worth close to $166,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Sanchez 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.