TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national for alleged weekend attempts to smuggle a combined 120 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing.
Officers referred a 26-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Dodge sedan Friday and found 7 pounds of cocaine, 11 pounds of heroin and 35 pounds of meth within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $376,000.
Saturday, officers referred a 22-year-old Tucson woman for an additional search of her Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle, officers found 46 pounds of meth, valued at $138,000, in the vehicle’s rear side panels.
Sunday, officers referred a 37-year-old man from Sahuarita, Arizona for further search of his Toyota truck. A positive alert by a canine team led to the discovery of more than 20 pounds of meth, worth approximately $64,000, within both front fenders.
CBP officers seized the 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.