TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three female Mexican nationals allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of more than 71 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Ana Laura Parra-Mendez, 33, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Honda SUV on Nov. 29. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs underneath the spare tire where officers found nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $90,000.
On Nov. 28, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred Laura Alejandra Martinez-Soto, 18, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs underneath her clothing, officers found just more than two pounds of meth worth more than $6,000.
Earlier that morning, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Lorenia Rodriguez-Garcia, 50, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of her Mazda sedan. A narcotics canine then alerted to the vehicle’s rear seats where officers found nearly 39 pounds of meth, cocaine and heroin valued in excess of $426,000.
CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.