TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Esgar Leonel Duran, 37, of Rio Rico, Arizona, after finding eight packages of cocaine in his Toyota sedan Thursday.
A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to nearly 22 pounds of cocaine, valued at nearly $229,000, concealed in the vehicle’s rear quarter panels.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Duran 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.