TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national involved in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle a combination of 77 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States on Tuesday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s floor. Officers removed three packages of cocaine, 5 packages of heroin and more than 30 packages of meth. The drugs weigh a combined 77 pounds, worth a combined value of $644,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was 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 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.