TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico after a failed attempt to smuggle more than 18 pounds of heroin through the Port of Nogales on the afternoon of Sept. 28.
CBP officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a BMW sedan driven by Victor Adan Esparza-Arballo, 24, for a secondary inspection. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the heroin hidden under the back seat. The drugs have an estimated value of nearly $255,000.
Officers processed the vehicle and drugs for seizure, and referred Esparza to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.