TUCSON, Ariz. — Three recent seizures of methamphetamine and cocaine at the Port of Nogales means more than 50 pounds of drugs, worth in excess of $334,000, will not make it to potential users in the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 29-year-old Mexican man for additional inspection Tuesday of his Ford SUV. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s backseats where officers found 10 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 14 pounds and worth an estimated $43,400.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing yesterday referred an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen, presently living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional search of his Daewoo sedan. After a service canine alerted to possible drugs in a non-factory compartment above the exhaust, officers found 12 packages of methamphetamine weighing in excess of 11.5 pounds and valued at more than $34,500.
Also yesterday, a 29-year-old Mexican woman was referred for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV when she entered the DeConcini crossing. A CBP canine team led officers to 10 packages of drugs within the vehicle’s dashboard. The packages contained more than 24.5 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $256,000.
All vehicles and drugs were seized. The 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.