TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales arrested a Mexican national after finding multiple packages of methamphetamine in his Ford truck on Monday (June 20).
Officers referred Jose Ricardo Ramirez-Hinostroza, 31, of neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the United States. A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to more than 26 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $79,000, concealed in the vehicle’s spare tire.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned Ramirez 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.