TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen connected with separate failed attempts to smuggle a combination of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the United States on Thursday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 27-year-old U. S. citizen for further inspection of his Toyota sedan Thursday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s dashboard. Officers removed multiple packages of drugs, which were identified as more than 8 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $200,000 as well as more than 28 pounds of meth, worth nearly $85,000.
Later that day, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 43-year-old Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico resident for an addition search of his Nissan sedan. After a positive alert by a CBP canine, officers removed multiple packages of hard drugs from throughout the vehicle. The drugs were identified as more than 8 pounds of heroin, valued at more than $217,000, and more than 7 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $21,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as both vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.