TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Tucson man after finding more than 26 pounds of heroin during a failed smuggling attempt on Tuesday morning.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a Saturn SUV driven by a 28-year-old man when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s front bumper where they found and removed over 26 pounds of heroin, worth more than $458,000.
Officers arrested the suspect for narcotics smuggling, and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the vehicle and drugs.
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.