TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four male Mexican nationals allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of more than 109 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Cesar Rafael Garcia-Amaya, 40, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Ford sedan early Monday (Oct. 19). A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the front fenders where officers found nearly 27 pounds of cocaine worth almost $278,000.
Saturday (Oct. 17), officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Jorge Humberto Mitani-Samaniego, 37, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Nissan sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within a front wheel well, officers found nearly 31 pounds of cocaine worth just more than $323,000.
Earlier that morning, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Francisco Javier Nava-Reyes, 28, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Pontiac sedan. A narcotics canine then alerted to the vehicle’s rocker panels where officers found nearly 19 pounds of meth worth close to $57,000.
Friday (Oct. 16), officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Ford Ranger, driven by Fidel Aguiluz-Ibarra, 41, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection. Officers then found more than 33 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $99,000, in vehicle’s rocker panels.
CBP officers seized all drugs and turned all suspects 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.