TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national Wednesday for attempting to smuggle 21 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $240,000, through the Port of Nogales’ Mariposa crossing.
Officers referred a 35-year-old woman for a search of her Lincoln SUV and discovered multiple packages of cocaine hidden within a rear air conditioning unit.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the woman 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.