TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers prevented three separate attempts to smuggle almost 91 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales earlier this week.
Officers arrested a 30-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on March 10 after finding almost 35 pounds of meth, worth more than $104,000, hidden in her Volkswagen sedan. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the drugs when she attempted to enter the U.S. at the Dennis DeConcini crossing.
On March 9, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a legal permanent resident alien, age 32, after a canine alerted officers to the rocker panels of her Ford sedan where they found more than 30 pounds of meth, worth almost $91,000.
Later at the same crossing, officers arrested an 18-year-old legal permanent resident alien after a canine led to the discovery of 26 pounds of meth, valued at $78,000, in the rocker panels of her Ford sedan.
CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.