TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican men for their separate alleged attempts to smuggle a combined 193 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales over the weekend.
Officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility referred Sinuel Gonzalez-Dominguez, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of the tractor-trailer load of cucumbers he was transporting through the port on Dec. 18. After a drug alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers searched the cucumber shipment and found nearly 155 pounds of meth, worth almost $465,000, within the trailer’s rear doors.
On Dec. 20, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Edwin Elevier Lara-Ruiz, 20, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of the Dodge truck he was driving. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle, officers found more than 23 pounds of meth, worth nearly $70,000, and close to 15 pounds of heroin, valued at almost $206,000.
CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned both 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.