TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested Jose Armando Cruz-Araiza, 26, of Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, after finding packages of methamphetamine in his Chevrolet truck on June 17.
A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to nearly 18 pounds of meth, valued at more than $53,000, concealed in the vehicle’s dashboard area.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Cruz 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.