NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Mexican national was arrested yesterday at the Nogales, Ariz. port of entry, in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle narcotics.
Miguel Angel Osuna-Rojo, 40, was taken into custody after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug-detection canine alerted officers to more than 33 pounds of meth. Officers located 33 packages of the drug hidden in the rear bumper of Osuna's Acura sedan when he attempted to enter through the Mariposa Port. The estimated value of the seizure was more than $512,000. Officers seized the vehicle and drugs. Osuna was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.