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.
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.