Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona, apprehended a 39-year-old Mexican national for attempting to smuggle more than $295,000 worth of cocaine into the United States through a Dennis DeConcini Port vehicle lane on Sunday.
The seizure occurred after a canine alerted to the presence of drugs during a secondary inspection of the man's Ford F-150 pickup truck. Officers found 13 packages of cocaine weighing 32 pounds concealed inside the truck's seats. The narcotics and vehicle were seized. The man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"Nogales CBP officers stopped these dangerous narcotics from entering our country," said Nogales Area Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "I congratulate our officers for their vigilance and dedication to the protection of our nation."
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and their Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.