TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales recently arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national during separate smuggling attempts involving a combined 212 pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, worth an estimated $337,000.
Early Friday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 24-year-old Phoenix woman for an additional search of her Dodge SUV and found more than 65 pounds of meth, valued at $196,000, in the vehicle’s firewall and rear quarter panels.
Later that morning, officers at the same crossing referred a 22-year-old Rio Rico woman for further search of her BMW sedan. Working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located 27 pounds of meth, worth $81,000, hidden the vehicle’s firewall and rear quarter panels.
On Saturday, officers at the Mariposa crossing seized close to 120 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $60,000, during a secondary inspection of a Dodge SUV driven by a 26-year-old Mexican man.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the 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.