TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican woman connected with a failed attempt to smuggle a combination of heroin and methamphetamine into the United States on Wednesday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 23-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexican resident for further inspection of her Toyota sedan Wednesday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s center console. Officers removed several packages of drugs which were identified as more than 11 pounds of heroin, worth more than $298,000 as well as more than 17 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $52,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was arrested and then turned 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.