TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals for alleged attempts to smuggle more than 64 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Feb. 29.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred the 20-year-old driver for further inspection of his Isuzu SUV and found nearly five pounds of heroin and more than 12 pounds of meth under the rear seats. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $105,000.
Later, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred the 38-year-old driver for an additional search of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle, officers removed a combination of meth, heroin and cocaine from the vehicle’s rocker panels. The haul consisted of nearly 36 pounds of meth, more than eight pounds of heroin and almost three pounds of cocaine. Combined, the drugs are valued at more than $250,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both 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.