Nogales CBP Officers Seize $291K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen involved in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle almost $291,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin into the United States this past Wednesday.
Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 39-year-old man for further inspection of his Infinity sedan Wednesday evening. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being located throughout the vehicle. The inspection led to the discovery of more than 82 pounds of meth, worth more than $248,000 as well as more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $42,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle, and after being arrested turned the subject 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.