NOGALES, Ariz. — Two recent seizures of methamphetamine and heroin at the Port of Nogales include nearly 38 pounds of drugs valued at approximately $290,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 30-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of her Toyota sedan on Thursday. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s trunk where officers found 10 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 21 pounds and worth an estimated $65,000.
Earlier Thursday, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 54-year-old Mexican national for a further search of the tractor-trailer he was driving. After a service canine alerted to possible drugs within the engine’s valve cover, officers found six packages of heroin weighing in excess of 16 pounds and valued at approximately $225,000.
The vehicles and drugs were seized; both subjects were referred 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.