TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a pair of Tucson women involved in a failed attempt to smuggle almost 40 pounds worth of methamphetamine and cocaine into the United States Friday.
Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 19-year-old & a 17-year-old woman for further inspection of a Dodge sedan in the morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, resulting in the seizure of more than 16 pounds of meth, worth more than $49,000 and more than 23 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $265,000 from the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned both arrested subjects 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.