TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility arrested Jesus Julian Montiel-Portillo, 24, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Jeep SUV he was driving on May 2. During a secondary inspection, officers located nearly 40 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $560,000, within the firewall area.
A day later, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing arrested Jesus Enrique Tolano, 23, of Rio Rico, after finding more than three pounds of meth, valued at almost $10,000, hidden within a gaming system he was carrying.
Officers processed all drugs and vehicles involved, and referred the subjects 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.