TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 32-year-old Mexican man Wednesday morning after finding almost $725,000 worth of cocaine in his vehicle when he applied to enter through the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) dedicated vehicle lane.
Officers had started conducting a secondary search on the man’s 2001 Chevy Tahoe at the Dennis DeConcini crossing when a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle. As a result, officers located approximately 64 pounds of cocaine hidden throughout the vehicle.
Officers arrested the man for narcotics smuggling, seized the vehicle and drugs, and revoked his SENTRI trusted traveler document.
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.