TUCSON, Ariz. —A 24-year-old man is in custody and his vehicle confiscated following an attempt to smuggle nearly 23 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Nov. 5.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing apprehended Efrain Careaga-Ortega, after a CBP narcotics detection canine helped officers find 32 packages of meth worth approximately $68,000, within the front wheel wells.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Careaga 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.