NOGALES, Ariz. - A man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 29 pounds of cocaine through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility selected a tractor-trailer, driven by the 33-year-old Mexican national for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the search, officers removed 12 packages of cocaine from a non-factory compartment within the tractor’s frame.
The drugs, worth close to $30,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was 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.