TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than $274,000 worth of cocaine through the Port of Nogales Feb. 16.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Luis Arturo Lopez-Illingworth, 31, for further inspection of his Chevrolet SUV when he attempted to enter the U.S. as a SENTRI cardholder. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs within the vehicle’s dashboard, officers removed more than 26 pounds of cocaine.
After revoking his SENTRI privileges and seizing the vehicle and drugs, officers turned Lopez over to 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.