Nogales CBP Officers Seize $197K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested two U.S. citizens during weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined 56 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl worth an estimated $197,000.
Officers working at the Morley pedestrian crossing Saturday referred a 37-year-old Tucson man for further search and found more than a pound of meth, worth approximately $3,300, and less than a pound of fentanyl, worth almost $32,000, hidden in his groin area.
On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 21-year-old woman from Nogales, Arizona, for an additional search of her Honda sedan. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located more than 54 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $162,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle involved, and turned both subjects 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.