TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized approximately $829,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin during separate incidents Thursday.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 40-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for a secondary inspection of his GMC truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. through a designated SENTRI lane Thursday morning. A CBP narcotics-detection canine subsequently alerted to the truck’s spare tire which officers cut open, exposing multiple packages of suspected drugs. Officers confirmed the packages contained more than 60 pounds of cocaine, exceeding $694,000 in value.
That afternoon, officers at the Morley pedestrian gate referred a 21-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection. Following a CBP canine’s alert, officers searched the woman and found almost 8 pounds of heroin, worth more than $135,000, taped to her chest and stomach areas.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle involved. The subjects were arrested and 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 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.