TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two women for their separate alleged attempts to smuggle a combined 137 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Dec. 1.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Darla Marlene Pimber, 20, of Tucson, for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV and discovered more than two pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $25,000; more than 25 pounds of meth, worth more than $75,000; and nearly six pounds of heroin worth close to $80,000.
Later in the day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Claudia Gomez-Martinez, 46, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the rear of the vehicle, officers found almost 105 pounds of marijuana worth more than $52,000.
CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles, 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.