TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and a Honduran national for attempting to smuggle 100 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on April 20.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 44-year-old Mexican national for further inspection of his Volkswagen and found nearly 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $223,000, in the rear speaker area.
At about the same time, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 66-year-old Honduran driver for an additional search of her Pontiac sedan. Officers removed a combination of meth and cocaine from the vehicle’s rear door panel. The haul consisted of nearly 24 pounds of cocaine and more than 40 pounds of meth. Combined, the drugs are valued at more than $390,000.
Later in the day, officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 25-year-old Mexican national after a CBP narcotics canine alerted to the presence of drugs within his vehicle’s drive shaft. Officers found nearly 16 pounds of cocaine worth almost $180,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.