Nogales CBP Officers Seize $812K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen connected with separate failed attempts to smuggle a combination of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the United States on Wednesday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 50-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, man for further inspection of his Ford SUV Wednesday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s rear quarter panel. Officers removed several packages of drugs, which were identified as almost 16 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $381,000.
Late Wednesday evening, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 40-year-old Mesa, Arizona resident for an addition search of his Mazda sedan. After a positive alert by a CBP canine, officers removed multiple packages of hard drugs from throughout the vehicle. The drugs were identified as nearly 11 pounds of heroin, valued at almost $296,000, and more than 45 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $135,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as both vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.