TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican man Tuesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than $344,000 in heroin and cocaine at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 40-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Saturn sedan he was driving. During a secondary inspection, officers located nearly three pounds of cocaine, worth close to $28,000, and more than 22 pounds of heroin almost $317,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, arrested the subject and turned him 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.