TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national from neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, during mix-load smuggling attempts at the Area Ports of Nogales within two days of one another.
On June 4, CBP officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 24-year-old Mexican national for an inspection of his Chrysler sedan. Officers found 23 pounds of meth worth more than $69,000 and three pounds of heroin worth more than $54,000 within the front center hump of the vehicle after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert.
Two days later, officers referred a 32-year-old woman for a secondary inspection of her Chevy van on June 6, at the Mariposa crossing. Officers discovered almost 21 pounds of meth worth nearly $63,000 after a positive CBP narcotics detection canine alert. Officers discovered nearly three pounds of heroin worth nearly $48,000 within the passenger side of the vehicle’s front fender.
Officers seized both vehicles, all the discovered narcotics, 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.