TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a pair of Mexican nationals involved in a failed attempt to smuggle $221,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States Tuesday.
Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 19-year-old male driver & his 19-year-old male passenger for further inspection of an Oldsmobile sedan yesterday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, resulting in the seizure of nearly 74 pounds of meth, worth more than $221,000 from the vehicle’s seats and quarter panels.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned both arrested 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.