TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national man and a Tucson woman connected to separate smuggling attempts on Monday at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of more than 42 pounds of cocaine.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Cesar Gastelum-Pompa, 51, a Permanent Resident Alien presently living in Nogales, Arizona for a secondary vehicle inspection of his Chevrolet SUV. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs between the floor and gas tank, leading to the discovery of nearly 24 pounds of cocaine worth more than $250,000.
Later, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a Shayna Rosalind Gualtieri, 28, of Tucson for an inspection of her Nissan sedan. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the rear bumper where officers found seven packages of cocaine weighing more than 18 pounds and worth nearly $193,000.
Officers processed all drugs and vehicles involved, and referred both subjects 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.