TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle almost 38 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Tuesday.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Martha Georgina Padilla-Lopez, 45, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Ford SUV and found nearly six pounds of heroin, more than 12 pounds of cocaine and more than 19 pounds of meth. The drugs are worth nearly $84,000; nearly $131,000 and more than $58,000.
CBP officers seized all drugs and turned Padilla 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.