TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended two Mexican nationals involved in separate failed attempts to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States Thursday.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Thursday morning referred a 42-year-old woman for a secondary inspection of her vehicle when she attempted to enter the United States. During the inspection, a CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to discover nearly 122 pounds of meth, worth almost $365,000, throughout the vehicle.
At approximately the same time, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 53-year-old man for further inspection of his vehicle. A CBP canine alerted officers to almost 41pounds of meth, worth approximately $122,000, in the vehicle’s rear quarter panels.
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.