TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers took four male Mexican nationals into custody during separate incidents earlier this week for alleged attempts to smuggle a combined 55 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing first arrested Noe Fernando Renteria-Rodriguez, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Ford truck he was driving on Aug. 17. During a secondary search of the vehicle, officers found more than eight pounds of methamphetamine valued in excess of $24,000.
On Aug. 18, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Luciano Ismael Haro-Gutierrez, 32, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP canine alerted to a rear quarter panel of his Jeep SUV. Inside, officers found more than 13 pounds of cocaine exceeding $138,000 in value.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested Antonio Delgado-Nunez, 52, of Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP canine alerted to more than nine pounds of cocaine, exceeding $98,000 in value, within the vehicle’s seats.
A short time later at the Mariposa crossing, officers arrested Francisco Verdugo-Martinez, 25, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a search of his Ford SUV led to the discovery of nearly 24 pounds of heroin. The drugs, hidden inside of the vehicle’s roof, are valued at nearly $338,000.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred all 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.